Wake Up To Exercise Benefits

That couch potato friend of yours who doesn't have enough energy to get through the day could benefit from low-intensity exercise. That's what a recent University of Georgia study found after 36 sedentary people who complained of persistent fatigue (but had no health issues) exercised at low or moderate-intensity 20 minutes a day 3 times a week for 6 weeks. The low-intensity group realized 65% improvement versus 49% for the moderate-intensity exercisers.

The Bigger Picture: About 25% of the U.S. population experiences fatigue similar to the subjects of this study. Major factors are working too hard and not getting enough sleep. The scientists behind this study theorized that the moderate-intensity participants didn't realize the full potential of exercise because it was harder for them to make the transition from doing nothing. Low intensity exercise is described as a casual stroll, while moderate intensity would be a brisk walk up and down hills. If your friend isn't physically active, it's a good idea to consult a physician, then have them start a low-intensity program. They'll wake up to the benefits soon enough!
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