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Antonio asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 9 months ago

Is it true really intense exercise isn't good as it puts too much stress on the body. Gentle exercise is healthier such as walking etc?

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  • 9 months ago

    You will live longer as a couch potato.

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  • Louis
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It's debatable.

    There is plenty of good scientific medical evidence that shows good cardio strength requires getting your heart rate up over 75% of your max. this can be achieved by a brisk walk or a slow jog

    Also, there has been a lot of good research on HIIT training (where you train at 80 - 90%). It is very effective for improving CV strength.

    As far as stress goes there is also a lot of evidence that the stress just makes your body stronger. Runners seem to develop arthritis less often than non-runners.

    Walking ten miles per week is probably just as good as running ten miles per week. But walking 10 miles takes almost twice as much time.

    But if you can't run you can still maintain good CV strenght with a bri

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  • Julien
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    For general health effects, gentle exercise is indeed often enough to get most of the benefits, and sometimes better.

    Pushing beyond your limits like high-level athletes is not healthy and those who get into that don't do it for health anyway, they are just chasing performances and achievements. Most elite athletes spend a long time with many injuries, and eventually they often get their career on the field stopped because of that last big injury from which they'll never fully recover.

    But it's not always easy to find what is "gentle" enough but sufficient, and what is too much intensity and stress.

    It usually doesn't mean that you should absolutely avoid doing anything other than just walking.

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  • 9 months ago

    those kinds of things depend on who you talk to and the latest research, which often isn't believed by everyone.

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  • 9 months ago

    It is true that after a certain intensity that is unique for each person, the positive effects of exercise start to decrease. But it is rare that this point would be walking, so unless the person is elderly or very out of shape i would suggest running or other sports to get in shape (and build your way up, don’t go from not exercising at all to running 30 miles a week).

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  • 9 months ago

    No, not if you don't have any health problems that make a high heart rate unsafe. It is true that walking, gardening, house work, etc. does count as exercise. Many people from many cultures use daily activity as their exercise and are able to maintain cardiovascular health and bone density.

    The only way to improve endurance, strength, cardiovascular capacity, etc. is to stress the system. Recent dat suggest that short, high-intensity exercise is more effective than moderate exercise in this way. So, it is better to do a HIIT 20 minute workout on a treadmill (running at max speed and a slower speed for short, alternating intervals) than it is to take a one hour walk. But that is provided you are healthy enough for that level of exertion.

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    • Julien
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Btw, the word HIIT is now very trendy but actually it doesn't really need the latest data: the use of interval training to improve the fundamental metrics of performance has been known by athletics for decades.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    That depends on your age and general health but gentle exercising such as walking is always beneficial.

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