R. Todd Hurst, MD,FACC, FASE

Center Director for Cardiovascular Health

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix

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Think Exercise is Hard? Think Again.

Updated: Oct 19, 2017

Welcome to Dr. Hurst's Health Questions Answered.


We have all heard the phrase “No pain, no gain."


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 concerns we hear 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 receive (at least up to a point; we’re not convinced that the extreme endurance races are really good for anyone), but the benefits are more modest as we exercise harder and longer.

Most of the health benefit of regular physical activity occurs when you modify

your lifestyle 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 Best Goes On,

R. Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE