How much exercise do we need?

Q: Studies show that many people aren’t doing enough exercise. How much exercise do women actually need?

I tell new moms to start with just 10 minutes a day. Before you know it, 10 minutes become 15 minutes and then 30 minutes.

Ideally, you should aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day. But, if you only have 10 minutes to workout, 10 minutes is better than no minutes!

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The type of exercise you do is important. You should do both cardio and resistance/weight training. Cardio gives your heart needs a workout and lifting weights, or using your own body as resistance, helps you maintain muscle and bone mass.

As we get older, our bodies change and after about 35, we start losing muscle mass which, in turn slows down the metabolism. So if you eat and exercise the same way, year after year, youâ??re going to start gaining weight. You have to adapt and work a little harder as you get older. After all, we canâ??t stop ageing but we can choose to age beautifully.

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