How Much Exercise Is Enough?

The surgeons often get asked how much exercise is enough. Generally, the cardiologists recommend 30 minutes 5 days per week. However, any amount of exercise is better than no exercise.

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50 Comments

  1. 3Pillers on May 14, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    👍exercise. It may not cure everything but it sure can make a lot of things in life better. Do it just don’t over do it.

  2. Barry Kamin on May 14, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    As always, your videos are both instructional and entertaining. A suggestion/request…a program addressing the relationship between spinal stenosis and foot pain. Who to see initially (general ortho or foot/ankle. Thank you!

  3. Chris Hackenbrack on May 14, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I added trekking poles to my daily 30 minute walks to increase my heart rate and help keep me on pace. Thanks for the video, fun as always.

  4. Chris Ballo on May 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Cannot do that. Broke my femur in January 2022. Orthopedic dr wants me doing physical therapy

  5. Lori Williams on May 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Great reminder to get activ! Is cycling okay for someone with no cartilage in a knee?

  6. Roxi Lee on May 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Great video

  7. Canal Road Adventures on May 14, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    You guys could enhance your cred if you had stethoscopes draped around your necks.

  8. Susan Alsembach on May 14, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    I always recommend my clients start small and work up, thanks for all your tips love you videos 🙂

  9. Sophia V on May 14, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I like doing cardio workout up to 45 mins 5 days a week make me feel great !

  10. Rich J on May 14, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Great video, could you do a video on pulmonary hypertension, what it looks like, the affects & life expectancy? Thanks

  11. JueyLewis&theBrews on May 14, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    How can you not love these guys?! #lifehack : a sense of humor goes a long way 🚶‍♀️don’t take yourself so seriously

  12. Al van der Laan on May 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Keep checking in with yourself, feel how the exercise is impacting you. Are you in pain? Are you out of breath? There is a scale of 0-10 it is called RPE (Rated Perceived Exertion) and your medical team should inform you what levels you should do. Going for a nice walk in the sun is enough and as a heart patient I go daily for a 30 – 60 minute walk through challenging terrain. Also, if you cannot get yourself to 30 minutes of exercise, try 3 times 10 – 15 minutes. But most important is to do what you can, but do not exercise if you are in pain.

  13. carmenbaby02 on May 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Exercising in a pool is a great way to protect our joints.

  14. Rach on May 14, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks fr a grt vid again👍🤗 i needed to hear tis abt excercise since i ve spinal issues…

  15. onenikkione on May 14, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    I’m in my 60’s and am able to, *year-round*, ride my bicycle 30 mins & then workout with weights & bands 30 mins in a garage gym. I live in the desert, so there are *very few* days that I am not able to ride. I do have to wear a puffer jacket during the winter bike rides but never encounter snow. I ride at dusk, just as it starts to get dark outside. I think it’s safer to ride as it gets dark out as there are fewer cars on the road and my bike is glowing with 3 LED lights running. I wear a helmet, gloves, carry a firearm, knife, and pepper-spray because there are mountain lion sightings in our area.

  16. Maria Griffin on May 14, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Hi my favorite drs I’m doing the stationary bike as I did have both knees replaced last fall and it does help and it’s getting better everyday with the strength and pain is alot less and I do ice after I’m done . Thank you for doing these videos I’ve learned so much and appreciate and love both of you for . Hugs from Maria from Upton Mass USA ❤❤

  17. Betty Jean Petrinovich on May 14, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Advice for ME/CFS, Long Covid, Post-viral Fatigue Syndromes??? Gonna be more and more, and deconditioning is a problem WITHOUT bringing on PEM (Post Exertional Malaise). Serious problem. …. Thanks, Docs!

  18. Brian Harder on May 14, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Why are we bothering to get exercise advice from medical doctors, let alone, surgeons? They literally have zero training in the topic.

  19. Deejay K on May 14, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I walk every morning,try to do either cardio or strength at least 3 or 4 days

  20. Mary Mendoza on May 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Great advice!

  21. George Poitras on May 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Most difficult part of working out/ exercising is …committing to it!

  22. Darlene Ricotta on May 14, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Docs short video but good as usual! Thank you! I am working on walking more!
    Have a great weekend!

  23. pijnto on May 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I have not been able to exercise for ages now that I have CRT-D it has made huge difference , have a recumbent bike now, it is less problem with my hip ( that is my next trip to the operating theater)

  24. chad tunis on May 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Great video again, ad infinitum…..Can you guys address the Melatonin issue? A large number of people here in the US take it (it is not a script requirement-it can be bought over the counter). It can be bought in doses from 1 mg to 15 mg. What is the best amount to take?

  25. Swiss Miss on May 14, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    What are weight bearing exercises?

  26. Jack Ehli on May 14, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I’d think you guys would promote an elliptical over a treadmill. Zero impact and they exercise the upper body as well. I lost 80lbs and my blood pressure went WAY down with the help from an elliptical.

  27. Gordon Wells on May 14, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    What’s with the hats? Just having a break to talk about exercise during an op of course….

  28. Linda Marsh on May 14, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Lol!

  29. Larry M on May 14, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Good Morning
    Thank you – Excellent video – Dr Paul where can I get one of those unicycles with the high seat? the clowns use? – That would definitely elevate my exercising.
    Regards

  30. Erika Katz on May 14, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I always take me blood pressure before excercing. And they reckon these digital watches can take ya blood pressure nowada y s. I found on a excercise bike the blood pressure can go up 30pts, so if I start with 140 or above, I relax till it drops to 130. or less…otherwise I’ll be seein ya

  31. Vickie Patterson on May 14, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I don’t belong to a gym or have any workout equipment. I walk with a cane, at a rather slow pace. I’ve had back and neck fusions and can’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time. I honestly don’t know what to do for cardio exercises. I’ve been advised to not ride a bicycle.
    I would just like to get some ideas of what I can do to establish a helpful workout daily. Thanks for any suggestions you can share with me.
    And thanks for sharing another great video! 😘

  32. L Slikk on May 14, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    excellent

  33. jpearson535 on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for this. I love how clear, down-to-earth, and informative you both are in your videos. Those of us with arthritis, particularly some form of inflammatory arthritis often feel trapped between wanted to exercise to protect our hearts and overall health, but exercise often causes pain and can further damage joints. What’s your advice? Thanks. Oh, and I often watch your videos while I’m on the treadmill.

  34. Barb T. on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Doctor’s, when are you going to move to USA, we need doctors like you guys, thanks for your efforts to enlighten us.

  35. Lisa Mohammed on May 14, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    👌❤️

  36. W Sue on May 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate exercise. Did I mention that I hate exercise? Well after my heart surgery and my knee surgery I need to exercise. I do love water. So what I do is walk in the water. That fits me well!

  37. Bill K on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Almost 70, have owned a rowing machine since 2002, and absolutely love its low impact and as-high-intensity-as-you-want workout! Highly recommend it.

  38. Charla Salyer on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    i walk all the time. Yall are great doctors.

  39. John on May 14, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I like these docs!

  40. My new Tennessee Home on May 14, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    All you need to do is get a farm or homestead…. plenty of load bearing and cardio exercise wrangling goats or hauling 50lb bags of feed among a thousand other chores😁

  41. KA 63 on May 14, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    A benefit of watching your videos is an elevation in the smiles & laughter hormone which also helps to reduce inflammation 😉

  42. Jayne Short on May 14, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Bless you both your so caring, thank you so much. Now you reminded us that exercise is so vital for all round health. Thank you xxx

  43. Jeff Branning on May 14, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I love this topic. After my TKR back in November of 2021 I’ve been riding my recumbent bike for 30-45 mins a day once I got about 3 weeks post surgery. Now at 6 months post TKR surgery I’m swimming laps in our pool 45 minutes a day and riding my recumbent bike 20 minutes in addition to my swimming each day. I do these exercises 7 days a week. It’s made a huge difference in both my recovery and well as my overall health. Thank you for all your informational videos and and insights! 😊

  44. Juliet Martin on May 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Doc Z and Doc W 💕love your videos 👩🏼‍🏫30 minutes X 5 days per week is a very doable investment in your own health. 😄 If you do not have health, you do not have anything.⛹🏼🤸🏼‍♀️🤼🏌🏼‍♀️🤾🏼🏋🏼🪂🧘‍♂️🤺🤸🏻🤸🏼‍♀️🏋🏼

  45. Kubota Jordan on May 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Hello doc’s . My exercise routine is limited walking around the yard and playing pick up the pine cones before the next one falls. I think we need heavier forks & spoons. That way we would get a good upper body work out while eating less because our arms got tired. Thank you for this short & sweet video . Wishing you all some nice spring time weather so y’all can get outside and play some golf.

  46. Frank Fowlkes on May 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Elliptical machines are great for cardio with very low impact on knees and joints.

  47. Kat59 on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    I’m 15 months post op THR. I’ve been working with a trainer on strength training. Can you talk about Zone training for longevity. I tried the zone 4 on a spin bike 4 min on 4 min off 4 times once a week. Strength training and hiking other days.

  48. Dirty Dave on May 14, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I walk when the weather is nice. I have a treadmill as well. My regular exercise is playing drums in a rock band. I am 57 and enjoy keeping fit as my bandmates are much younger than I am!

  49. willow Tree on May 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    2 cool dudes 😎 that are doctors thanks for the info.

  50. Murphy Thedog on May 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you doctors for making these videos

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