When we ask our patients about exercise, they all say that they exercise. When we ask for details, they say they walk every day.
If walking doesn’t increase your heart rate, it’s not exercise. You need to jog. I can’t tell you how many patients come in and say that they exercise, and when I inquire further, they say they walk every day. That is not exercise. That’s leisure. Some people are limited by back pain, knee pain, ankle pain and can’t walk. I recommend trying swimming or doing weight training. Weight training can also elevate your heart rate and it burns a lot more calories.
When we say “exercise” we mean an activity that elevates your heart rate. You need to get your heart rate between 60-80% of your age predicted maximum. Your age predicted maximum heart rate is 220-age. If you are 20 years old, your age predicted maximum is 200. Sixty percent of that, is 120. So, a twenty year old needs to get their heart rate over 120.