So how much exercise do women really need to not gain weight as they age?
Posted Mar 25 2010 6:21am
So how much do you really have to exercise to prevent gaining weight as you age...at least if you are a women?
It used to be that doctors recommended about 160 minutes of exercise per week to keep both men and women fit as they age.
But you probably already know that most people get heavier as they get older.
And let's face it...160 minutes (or just about three hours per week) may sound a bit easy to many endurance athletes, and now a new study confirms those suspicions.
The study found that the adults (in the case of the new study women to be specific) need about 1 hour per day of "moderate-intensity exercise will prevent weight gain in normal-weight
women, middle age and older".
'Moderate intensity' means brisk walking, casual bicycling, ballroom
dancing, playing with the grandchildren," said Dr. I-Min Lee, lead
author of the study, which is published in the March issue of the Journal
of the American Medical Association.
"It's nothing special," added Lee, who is an associate epidemiologist
with the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital
and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in
Boston. "For someone who wants to eat normally, this is enough," according to Businessweek.com
The study also found that " those who engage in something more vigorous -- like jogging, playing
tennis or swimming laps -- can get away with 30 minutes a day and no
weight gain as they age.
The findings did not hold true, however, for overweight and obese
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