What additional exercises are recommended by clinical studies to promote physical health for people have a sedentary occupation, but who already perform weight-lifting and cardio exercises on a regular basis?

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    Medically healthy by whose standard?
    – John
    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:49
  • @JJosaur By the average person?
    – Steve
    Sep 6, 2016 at 15:32
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    What does "Medically healthy" mean? I have never heard it before... Can you be healthy but not medically?
    – S.Victor
    Sep 6, 2016 at 16:56
  • @S.Victor Basically my question is: "Is it important to do strength exercises in order to maintain normal health?"
    – Steve
    Sep 6, 2016 at 17:00
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    Ok thanks for clarifying @Jessica. Though "normal health" is a very broad concept considering the WHO definition of health: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Doing exercise won't prevent you from having some diseases and hence become "unhealthy". But I see that someone answered your question, so I am probably to fussy. Hope you will find what you are looking for. BW
    – S.Victor
    Sep 6, 2016 at 17:19

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Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of moderate/aerobic exercise weekly - so 30 minutes for 5 days. "As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day."

It sounds like you already do a good job at including physical exercise in your daily routine, so that's great! If you can, try to do those activities with a workout buddy too. I learned in my stress class that interpersonal sports (such as games where you work with teammates) also have good health benefits... (Sorry I don't have the source on hand right now.)

If your concern is "medical health," then consider your diet and other aspects of your lifestyle as well; it's not only about your activity. But because you asked about exercises, I won't go into those details for now - I'm only recommending that you think about other factors as well for your health. For example, are you interested in deep breathing exercises for mental health?

You can also think about your health while you're sitting at desk the whole day: how is your posture? Would you consider standing at your desk if it can change levels? How is the air quality in your office?

  • Thanks for the answer! I plan on stopping the workout, because I don't want to do anything more than what is medically healthy. And about my diet, I don't measure my food, but I stay away from junk food, and don't eat not healthy foods. I also don't eat too much starch, and fatty foods.
    – Steve
    Sep 5, 2016 at 21:24
  • Why do you think starch is unhealthy? Feb 11, 2018 at 3:01

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