Health Watch -- Working Out

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If you're not exercising, you're not doing everything your body needs to remain healthy. This week on Health Watch, we'll talk about working out and what you need to do to exercise for best results without doing anything that might compromise your health.

How much exercise do you really need? New government guidelines call for at least a half hour of exercise most days to help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. You'll need an hour of exercise most days to avoid gaining weight, and more than that to lose weight.

Dr. Benjamin Levine, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says your goals will determine the frequency, duration and intensity of your workout. The important thing is to exercise. Don't worry if you can't live up to these guidelines.


September 2006

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