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March 27, 2010

One Hour of Exercise a Day Keeps the Fat Away

According to new findings by Harvard Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, if a middle-aged or older woman with a normal body mass index wants to maintain her weight over an extended period, she must engage in the equivalent of 60 minutes per day of physical activity at a moderate intensity. 

This dispels the previous theory that at least 30 minute of moderate exercise 3 times a week was sufficient.

It’s true–exercise is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but so is eating less.

While this study may help explain the amount of physical activity a middle-aged woman needs, it fails to address  some other important issues that may or may not play a role in maintaining her normal weight:

1)  At what rate does our metabolism slow down based on our age.  For example, does the metabolism of a 40, 50and 60-year-old slow down at the same pace?

2)  What impact does any medications we take have on our exercise and weight gain or loss?

3)  What role, if any, does a family history play in our ability to lose weight?

4)  How much exercise must we do in order to see definitive weight loss and how long can we expect to sustain it?

5)  Is there a standard caloric intake based on the results of this study?

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3 Comments »

  1. Such good information! We can always count on you to keep us informed about current health and wellness findings for boomer women! Maybe I’m so positively impacted by this post because I just returned from an hour long walk!

    Comment by Debra Stokes — March 27, 2010 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  2. That’s good to know! I’ve been trying to do 45 minutes per day and its really difficult what with kids and other commitments. But, I’ll keep trying!

    Comment by Lisa — May 24, 2010 @ 2:17 am | Reply

  3. WOW! An hour a day will almost guarantee I won’t do it. I try to get in 30-minutes a day for 5 days a week. If I do that, I feel like I’m doing pretty well. If I push myself, I will resist and head to the couch–potato chips in hand!

    Comment by Eileen Williams — August 17, 2010 @ 4:53 pm | Reply


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