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Exercise: The magic medicine

30 minutes per day is the single best thing you can do for your health

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Whatever exercise you choose, 30 minutes a day is the single best thing you can do for your health.

Michele Derheim, director of clinical operations at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and a registered nurse, is a keen supporter of exercise.

“Whether it’s a simple walk or an intense workout, the reduction in disease risks as a result of exercise is phenomenal,” Derheim says. “Whether you’re at your ideal weight, or 20 pounds overweight, participating in some form of exercise has health benefits in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.”

Derheim points to a recent study by Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Health Design Lab, that reveals 30 minutes of exercise a day is the single best thing you can do for your health. In his educational video, Evans asks the question, “Can you limit your sitting and sleeping to just 23 and a half hours a day?”

Evans’ research reveals that a woman who goes from no activity at all to one hour of exercise per week can reduce her risk of heart disease by almost half.

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University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Logo - blueThe University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit the Heart and Vascular page on UofMHealth.org.