Thursday, April 15, 2010

An Hour A Day of Exercise Needed To Maintain Weight

Line dancing. Daily one hour walks outside or on a treadmill. An hour a day in the gym.

Sound like work? That's what researcher's from Harvard's Brigham and Women Hospital recommend in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,March, 2010.

It says that at least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting, to keep off the flab as they age.

"We all have to work at it. If it were easy to be skinny, we would all be skinny, said John Foreyt, a behavioural medicine expert of the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, who reviewed the study but wasn't involved in the research.

Their findings are based on 34,079 middle-aged women followed for about 13 years. Most were not on calorie-cutting diets. The women gained an average of almost 6 pounds during the study. Those who gained little or no weight during the study consistently got the equivalent of about an hour of moderate activity daily....only about 13 percent of the participants.

The study included only women, so it's unclear whether the results would apply to men.

The research "reinforces in a nice, clear way the idea of how difficult it is to maintain a healthy weight in our society," said Foreyt.

The study goes along with my personal observation. I have to work harder with age to maintain or to lose weight than when I was in my 20's and 30's. The Usana Reset program helps a person lose some of the carb cravings and can balance a person's metabolism to a great degree, while cutting calories and sugar intake. However, the program also calls for daily moderate exercise, something people have to schedule into their days.

It's so easy to put exercise aside, thinking we will do it "later" in the day. I work out with a personal trainer at a gym in the morning, because that forces me to push a little harder. That middle weight is a constant challenge to overcome. What works for you? Cycling? Jogging? Line dancing? Dance lessons? Hiking? Gym program?

It's worth the effort to keep your weight in check, and especially to avoid obesity, which can lead to many serious diseases. Pick something that is fun to do and get some partners in the process.

Deanna Waters www.healthyadventures.info 1-888-320-8250

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