Health Rules You Can Bend - Exercise

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5. When it comes to exercise, no pain, no gain.

You need to make an effort. But you don't need to work out to the point of exhaustion if your goal is a healthier heart.

For instance, if you walk for an hour at a 4-mile pace, you'll burn about 400 calories. That’s in the same range as running for 30 minutes at a pace of 10 minutes per mile.

Moderate-intensity activity, done regularly, is enough. There is no evidence that additional intensity buys additional heart health, notes Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman for the American Heart Association and professor of medicine and cardiology at NYU School of Medicine.

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WebMD Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on April 06, 2010

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Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology, Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-author, Live A Little!: Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health; executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; director, Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF; assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; senior staff psychologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and cardiology, NYU School of Medicine.

Dennis Woo, MD, pediatrician and former chairman, pediatrics department, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, founding director, New York Laser & Skin Care.

Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology, University of Missouri.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chairman of otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; chairman of otolaryngology, Long Island College Hospital; editor in chief, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; chair, AAO-HNS Guideline Development Task Force.

Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

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