How Much Exercise Is Optimal for Your Health?

Muscle for Life with Mike Matthews

Aug 19 2020 • 26 mins

Most people know that exercise is good for them.

And most also know that not exercising is bad for them.

Despite that, most people fail to meet even the bare minimum recommendations for physical activity (2.5 hours of moderate exercise or a little over an hour of intense exercise).

Just 22.9 percent of Americans hit minimum activity guidelines, not even half (46 percent) of Europeans exercise or play sports, and only 16 percent of Canadians perform the recommended levels of activity.

Then, of course, there’s a smaller group of people who go to the opposite extreme. The Ironman triathletes, gym rats, and so forth who spend every spare second in the gym or doing cardio, largely in the belief that more exercise is always better.

But, what about the rest of us?

What about people who want to be fit, healthy, and happy, who also have jobs, families, and other obligations that limit how much time we can spend working out?

And what if we don’t just want to stave off disease and dysfunction, but also build a body we’re proud of?

You’ll learn the answers to all of these questions in this podcast.

The long story short is you don’t need to exercise all that much to stay healthy, but building a body you can be proud of takes slightly more work. Even then, though, it doesn’t take as much time or effort as you might think.


4:29 - What is the minimum amount of exercise that people should be doing?

11:27 - How does resistance training compare to cardio?

16:16 - How much exercise is optimal for being as healthy and as functional as possible for as long as possible?


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