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Finns Need More Rigorous Exercise

Most Finns believe they get enough exercise, when in fact this is far from the truth. The problem lies not in the number of workouts, but their intensity.

Two-thirds of the population believe they are sufficiently active. However, according to a study by YLE and the Finnish Sports Federation, only a third of the population gets all the exercise it needs.

Finns are active outdoors, but the exercise is often too light to do much good to health. Even though most Finns do some form of exercise four times a week, researchers say the problem is the intensity of the workout.

A sufficient workout raises the pulse, causes shortness of breath, and causes real stress on the body. Only a fifth of Finns push themselves to this point.

Researchers say rigorous exercise five times a week for at least 30 minutes each time is the minimum requirement for good health.

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