Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Much Exercise Do I Really Need?

Friday, 23 May 2014 02:52 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Do I really need to exercise every day? How much is enough? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Exercising 30-60 minutes three times a week is usually sufficient for most people. Avoid overdoing it, if you are just starting out.

Overuse injuries are among the most common injuries, aside from trauma, that I see — especially for the hand, wrist , elbow, shoulder, lower back, neck, knee, and ankle.
 
In-depth exercise routines, lasting more than 60 minutes, should be supervised by a professional. More muscle does not necessarily translate into being more healthy. Excess exercise can prematurely wear out weight-bearing joints and it is not necessarily a healthy pursuit. 

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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