Friday, May 7, 2010

Womens' Weight Studies

I just got my American Council on Exercise magazine and saw a new study on middle aged women and weight control.

The journal of the American Medical Association found that middle aged women require an hour of daily moderate-intensity exercise to maintain their weight. That doesn't include cleaning house and such, they state that means activities like walking, swimming and yoga.

They go on to say that is over what is recommended for health benefits. They are focusing on weight control for middle aged women. Younger women were not included in the studies.

They also say that's not possible for many women so a combination of exercise and eating fewer calories may be more doable.

That makes sense to me. I gained a bit of weight after my spinal surgery. I use to exercise far more than an hour a day. I tried to do just the 30 minutes once I was able to and I kept gaining weight. I love to eat!  I had to cut way back on my intake to get a hold of things.

The good news is that you can split that time up if you want to be able to eat the same amount of food you did when you were younger.

As we age we lose muscle mass so gaining weight comes with that. Making adjustments is important if you want to maintain a healthy weight.

I wanted to pass that on to you. Exercise is so important. Got to keep your body moving!

Feel free to leave questions and comments. I'd love to hear from you!

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