R. Todd Hurst, MD,FACC, FASE

Center Director for Cardiovascular Health

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix

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No Pain, No Gain

Welcome to Dr. Hurst's Health Questions Answered.


Think Exercise has to be Hard? Guess Again!


We have all heard the phrase “No pain, no gain” when it comes to exercise.

The idea that it must hurt to help is one of the biggest barriers to regular physical activity for many people.


Some of the common beliefs are:

· “Walking can’t be good for me because it isn’t hard.”

· “I only have 10 minutes to work out, so I might as well not start.”

· “If I don’t hate it, it must not be that good for me.”


These ideas couldn’t be more wrong!


Even 15 minutes a day will improve your health, your energy and your weight! Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to work out hard and long to benefit.


We are not saying that 15 minutes a day of exercise is enough for all of us. It is true that the more exercise you do the more benefit you get (at least up to a point; we’re not convinced that the extreme endurance races are really good for anyone), but the benefits get more modest as we exercise harder and longer.


Most of the health benefit of regular physical activity occurs when going from sedentary to mildly active.


Find a way to get at least 10 minutes of physical activity a day. You will improve your health and build the foundation for a healthier, happier you.


And the Beat Goes On,

R. Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE