Has Science Determined the Right Amount of Exercise?

Published: May 23, 2015

Many fitness experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day for every grown adult, and 60 minutes per day for each child. The question has always remained just how much exercise is really enough, though, after many studies, papers, and research has been done on the topic. Lionesse came up with some information that says science may very well have played an integral role in figuring out just how much we all really do need each day, and why. Of course, we couldn’t go on holding this information without sharing it with all of you – so read on to learn more about our findings.

Closeup of a woman lifting weights.

Previous Findings
Science previously stated that every adult should obtain about 30 minutes of exercise per day, or 21 minutes of intense cardio every day. This breaks down to about 150 of moderate to intense exercise every week. Walking was thought to be the best exercise you could indulge in, while in and of itself – it wasn’t enough. This is difficult for some to attain due to time constricting work schedules, busy lifestyles, and disabilities. Below is what the new scientific findings tell us.

Newest Findings
Studies were done by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School over the course of a 14 year time span. During this 14 years’ worth of research, the research group had followed the exercise habits of those who didn’t exercise at all, exercised moderately, exercised the recommended 30 minutes per day, exercised more than the recommended time frame every day, and also, those who exercised almost as much as the recommended daily amount. After reviewing death records, it had been confirmed that those who exercised less than the daily requirement had a 20% lower mortality rate than those who didn’t exercise at all. This goes to show that the proof is in the pudding – even if you aren’t exercising as much as statistics say you should, some is better than none.

Aside from these findings, the researchers also found that those who exercised for 42 minutes per day – which is over average, mind you – had a 31% lower mortality rate. Those who exercised for 2-3 times the minimum required guideline per week had a 37% lower mortality rate, and those who exercised 3-5 times the minimum had a whopping 39% lower mortality rate than those who didn’t exercise at all.

With all of the research that’s been done, and after all of the findings, it’s now suggested that people exercise for a minimum of 64 minutes per day, incorporating moderate cardio, and in doing so, can sustain life for 39% longer than those who do not exercise at all.

We at Lionesse think that’s pretty incredible, and also, very doable with proper time management and determination.

Woman running on a treadmill in a gym.

Some Moderate Cardio Ideas
Lionesse would love to make it easier to understand what some moderate cardio exercises you could involve yourself in are. Remember: moderate cardio puts you at 5060% of your maximum heart rate. This isn’t full on intense cardio, it’s somewhere in the middle. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on the path to health and wellness:

  • Speed Walking at approximately 4 MPH
  • Bike riding at 5-9 MPH
  • Walking on a treadmill at about 4 MPH
  • Stair or Elliptical at a medium pace.

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