"Get healthy!!!" Those words scream at American society from nearly every media source... One thing is pretty much unanimous when it comes to good health, exercise is an important component! But how much time should an individual put into exercise in order to achieve health? The answer to that varies depending on who you ask... On About.com, the recommendation is at least "60 minutes of honest to goodness exercise" each day. The Mayo Clinic's suggestion is drastically different, suggesting 30 minutes of exercise per day. They do go on to say 300 minutes per week would be more beneficial, but the bare minimum is only about half of what About.com suggested! Yet another link on About.com suggested less still, only demanding 30 minutes 5 times per week... So, America, who are you going to listen to? Which is the "right" amount of time? The magic healthy amount of exercise? Truly, each article has credible sources as well as research to back up their ideas. I feel that the difference in time suggestions rests not in a difference in research per say, but in the optimism of whether or not this lazy country will actually listen to said recommendation. It is also important to take into account that biologically, each individual is different and has different needs to achieve good health. But that raises another question, were all of the sources thinking of "good health" in the same way? And what is the definition of "good health" anyway?
This nurse definitely covers her bases touching points from each of the above articles! She seems to adhere most to the recommendation of the Mayo Clinic however.