A new study is being released this month about the amount of exercise women need to maintain their weight. Contrary to past research that indicated 30 minutes 3-5 times a week was enough. This new study took place over 13 years and demonstrates a healthy diet is not enough to prevent weight gain as women age. Women need at least 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day along with a healthy diet.
The study looked at 34,079 healthy U.S. women who consumed a usual diet from 1992-2007. The women in the study were all age 45 and older at the start. The average age of women in the study was 54.
The women were given a questionnaire about the amount of exercise or activity they engaged in per week at the study start and then at three-year intervals. Women’s exercise activity was tracked for an average of 13 years while weight changes were tracked over a three-year period.
Overall women gained an average of 5.7 pounds (2.6 kilograms) in the study. However, women who were normal weight, or those with body-mass index of less than 25, maintained their weight if they exercised for 60 minutes a day. Women who exercised less generally gained weight
Uh-oh ladies! It’s time to get out our walking shoes and jump on the treadmill.