Why Women Shouldn’t Sweat New Health Study
The next big fitness study has come along and caused women everywhere to throw their hands in the air and wave them like they just don’t know what to do. In case you hadn’t heard, an Institute of Medicine study recently concluded that women need more than the currently-recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week to stave off weight gain. The doctors conducting the study determined 420 minutes, or one hour per day, is needed. Fear not, I’m here to throw a little water on this flame.
OK, first of all, the women in the study were at least 45 and the median age was 52. In an effort to rule the headlines, many media outlets buried this fact a little farther down in their articles than they should have. So those of us younger vixens can breathe a sigh of relief right off the bat ;). As for you fabulous cougars, consider this: the study showed the women added on an average of 5.7 pounds over 13 years if they ate normally and exercised less than 60 minutes per day. That’s not a lot of weight over such an extended time period, making it very surmountable with small changes in diet. And that’s really the part of the study that seems to be getting lost here–the conclusion states less than 60 minutes of moderate exercise is not sufficient in the absence of reduction in caloric intake. So before you go quitting your job to fit in more time to work out, look into ways you can reduce your caloric intake by just 100 or so calories a day. That could be enough to do the trick. Another thing you can do is bump up the intensity of your workout. Thirty to 40 minutes of intense exercise can burn as many calories as 60 minutes of moderate exercise. Do some intervals by throwing some sprints in that jog or including a few steep hills in the next bike ride.
The fact is, everyone is a bit different and it’s a matter of finding the combination of eating healthy and exercising that’s right for your lifestyle and for keeping you at a healthy weight. Hopefully this web site will be one of the tools that helps you do just that!
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
(Laura is a certified personal trainer and weight management consultant. Want to train with her? Visit Personal Training at Living Fit. Want to learn more about her? Visit the About page.)
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