Just 20 minutes a day: The benefits of movement and physical activity

Three people running for exercise
Moving your body through exercise can help you fight depression, boost your immunity and live a longer life.
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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. 


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