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Exercise and Fitness: Questions & Answers

Gina Jackson - Fitness Trainer
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Gina Jackson, who is our resident exercise and fitness expert and who is available to answer all your questions about exercising and fitness. Gina has a private practice and is available for consultation.

Gina answers all your exercise and fitness questions below:

Q: Is it better "cardio-vascular wise" to run 2 mi 3 times week or 3 miles twice a week?


A: In terms of cardiovascular fitness, it really depends on a number of factors - your age, your current health and your fitness levels. In all types of exercise, you need to ensure you start slowly and build up to more physically demanding workouts over time, especially if you have not been exercising as much previously.

In general, it is more beneficial to do some exercise which strengthens and works out the heart muscle around 3-4 times a week, to help the heart function properly and keep it healthy - this is what cardiovascular exercise does for the body. Also aim to incorporate some strength (or resistance) training in your work-outs on the other days, to improve muscle tone and keep your bones healthy.

A personal trainer can work out a fitness regime tailored just for you and help you get the most out of your exercise routine in terms of cardiovascular health, fat burning and strength training.


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