It’s no secret that exercise is good for you.
Daily physical activity can fight depression, boost immunity, and might even improve the effectiveness of vaccines.
Despite the benefits, a recent study found that only a quarter of Americans get the exercise they need to stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a total of 150 minutes of exercise per week, the equivalent of about 20 minutes a day or a half-hour workout five days a week.
MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the research into how regular physical activity benefits your body and mental wellness, why so many of us don’t exercise and tips to help you start.
Gretchen Reynolds is a health columnist who writes about exercise science and fitness for The Washington Post. She is the author of “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer.”
Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
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