Q&A: Does Weight Dictate How Many Hours You Should Exercise?
Q: For a woman 250 lbs or more, how many hours should she exercise a day when going to the gym? – Teresa L.
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A: Weight does not determine hours of exercise. Regardless of size, it is very important for cardiovascular health that you exercise 30 minutes 5-6 days a week. If you are trying to lose weight you will need to exercise for an hour or more. Vigorous exercise needs to be 30 minutes a day. This does not need to be 30 continuous minutes of exercise; it can be three 10-minute workouts or six 5-minute vigorous workouts.
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If you are obese, it may be easier on your joints to workout in the water. Swimming or water aerobics are a great way to exercise and lose weight. Treadmills can be very hard on the knees so if possible, try to walk outside or in the mall.