To fight flab, exercise 60 minutes a day

There is bad news for aging women. They need to exercise at least 60 minutes a day to prevent weight gain. Recent studies show that an hour’s worth of exercise can help women maintain a trim figure as they age, and if they consume the normal calorie intake.

This means that women need to insert a 60-minute routine of cycling, jogging, swimming, or taking a hike in their busy schedules.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association study published March 24/31, the federal guidelines to exercise recommending 150 minutes a week is only to prevent diseases. Fighting flab is another matter.

The study used women aged 45 or older, with the average age being 54 years old. Their diet, activities, and weight were observed from 1992 to 2007.

For obese women, however, the 60-minute recommendation is not enough. Calorie cuts in their diet should also be made.

The summary of amount of exercise suggested is 60 minutes a day according to the Institute of Medicine, while 150 minutes a week is recommended by Department of Health and Human Services.