Tuesday Newsday – 60 Minutes/Day Keeps the Lbs Away?

April 13th, 2010

I thought I was doing pretty damn well. I was quite proud of myself. Fifty to 60 minutes, four times a week. That’s how much I exercise.

Well, apparently, I’m a slug.

Sixty minutes every day. That’s what the Journal of the American Medical Association said recently when they explained a new study that tracked weight gain of non-dieting women. This hour-long workout session was found to maintain their normal weight if they didn’t want to watch what they ate. Oye.

Here’s an article from the LA Times that breaks the study down and explains exactly what’s expected of us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I guess I’ll go exercise…

Gloria Hale rose at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, as usual, to swim laps before work. Active though she is, however, the 55-year-old Orange County woman was a bit stunned to learn the latest advice from researchers regarding exercise — that women should work out 60 minutes a day, seven days a week, to maintain a normal weight over their lifetime.

The 60-minute-a-day recommendation, released online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is aimed at women of normal weight who don’t want to diet but do want to avoid gaining weight over time. Most Americans gain about 1.5 pounds a year between age 25 and 55. Read more…

Do you have time for the 60 minutes/day exercise plan? Leave a comment and let me know you plan on fitting exercise into your schedule.

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7 Responses to “Tuesday Newsday – 60 Minutes/Day Keeps the Lbs Away?”

  1. Whitney says:

    No way! I also think this is inviting injury. And it doesn’t mention what kinds of exercise are acceptable. I don’t think it’s a great recommendation – notice that it’s for women who don’t want to watch what they eat.

    The full article provides a lot more information. I think the headline on the article is terribly misleading, though, and may even discourage some women from exercising at all because it’s an unrealistic goal for most.

    Moderation – in eating and exercise.

  2. Cheryl says:

    i think working out every day is also inviting injury. But the study used exercise to mean “walking or hiking, jogging, running, bicycling, aerobic exercise or dance, use of exercise machines, yoga, tennis, squash, racquetball and swimming.” If you were to walk every day, not do a full on crazy workout, you should be able to avoid injury.

  3. Not a chance! But I do think it also depends on intensity. So I do intense cardio for 30 minutes–but even then is a challenge to find the time consistently.

  4. Cheryl says:

    and when you say 60 min, it really translates to two hours, after everything is said and done. that’s just too much time to expect!

  5. stacy says:

    ive been trying to work out every day this month, but i change it up. i think if i really look at what i do in a day, i can find an hour to work out. but i would have to do something different every day.

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  7. Mitchel Golk says:

    Cardiovascular exercises using a sound workout strategy plus a great nutrition program may be the best method to lose weight. Keep up the great work.

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