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Active Voice: High-Intensity Exercise for Overweight and Obese People

from By Hassane Zouhal, Ph.D.

Physical activity is widely recommended for obese adults and children, based on extensive evidence of both health and functional benefits. Despite the widespread acceptance that undertaking physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of obesity and many other diseases, participation in regular physical activity remains low. As lack of time has regularly been shown to be a major barrier to physical activity and has been associated with low physical activity levels, recently the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations have placed greater emphasis on shorter-duration (i.e. a minimum of 20 minutes), higher-intensity exercise (HIE) done a minimum of three times per week. However, there is still much debate concerning the optimal intensity, duration and volume of exercise needed for the most favorable impact on health. more

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