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To Move or Not to Move-The Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Joseph R. Libonati, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor
Director Biobehavioral Research Laboratory
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA


LibonatiDr. Libonati is an exercise physiologist with both clinical and basic science research experience. He has studied the influence of exercise cardiovascular function in a variety of diseases, including heart failure, hypertension, myocardial infarction, and obesity. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences), is the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Cardiac Biology/Regulation 2 Study Section, and is the Director of the Biobehavioral Research Laboratory at the Penn school of Nursing. Dr. Libonati has appeared on several media outlets (including the Discovery Health channel) covering the health benefits of an active lifestyle.


Working out for many people is a chore and one that drops to the bottom of the list of “must do’s” for many people. Joe Libonati talks about how you can use daily movement to your routine and make exercising a part of your everyday living routine.

3 Key Points:

  1. Physical Activity are those routine activates that you do every day that contribute to your health.
  2. Exercise is a plan that requires active planning but has added physical benefits that contribute to health and a feeling of well-being.
  3. Expending 1500 calories/week is a goal and can be a combination of physical activity and exercise. Plan 4 days/week; intensity to the level where you can still carry a conversation while you are working out; time duration of 150 minutes/week;

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