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Experts suggest that adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, but that may be too ambitious for many middle-aged and older individuals. That’s one key observation made by physical activity and health experts who published a recent paper in the British Medical Journal.

While all adults, even those over the age of 65, should strive to attain the weekly goal of 150 exercise minutes, the authors argued that individual goals must be realistic, taking into account possible physical limitations and established patterns of inactivity.

“Only about one in 10 adults aged 40 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom is getting what is considered to be sufficient exercise,” said Phillip Sparling, a professor emeritus in Georgia Tech’s School of Applied Physiology.

Sparling and colleagues made the case that any increase in physical activity, even small amounts, will be beneficial. For sedentary individuals, a gradual transition to increased activity may be the most practical way to improve health. “For example, adding five to 10 minutes per day of light walking and standing is a good start, building up to 30 minutes per day during the course of a month,” Sparling said.—JOHN TOON

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