Thursday, March 25, 2010

rats

Last night on facebook, my friend Meredith alerted me to this disturbing news:

"According to the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association): Among women consuming a usual diet, physical activity was associated with less weight gain only among women whose BMI was lower than 25. Women successful in maintaining normal weight and gaining fewer than 2.3 kg over 13 years averaged approximately 60 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity throughout the study."

And I thought my 30 or so minutes of running, around four times a week, was pretty good. I guess it's time to revisit that.

I wish you a happy, active Thursday! xo

12 comments:

MrsMama said...

I know! I read that too and am quite Put Out. It's even more discouraging for people who are over weight to begin with. Sigh.

Tammie said...

great. i guess i have more work to do.

i recently got a pedometer and have been aiming daily for the magic 10,000 steps. i always thought i was fairly active most days but this has been a wake up call. on days when i work out, the 10,000 is no problem, in fact i usually exceed it. the other days are wherein the problem lays. sometimes i cant even it 8000.

Ina in Alaska said...

Just catching up with you. Loved the musings from Wednesday. Sweet to remember Cinnamon and Piper xo

Regarding eating and activity -- so much information out there, hard to keep up. Just wait until you get in your 50s, things kind of change and no matter what you do the body seems to morph on its own.... I started noticing this after age 55. xoxoxo

City Mouse said...

Sadly, I am with Ina. After 50 and menopause starting, I gained 15 lbs for no apparent reason. Its very discouraging, and somehow i find it much easier to spend 60 minutes on the computer reading stranger's blogs than it is to go have a brisk walk! At least you don't have rats.

Ruth said...

I heard this too! It doesn't seem right at all, does it?

Cute shoes!

Francesca said...

30 minutes of running is high intensity activity and probably more exercise a week than 60 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity. You're doing well!

liza said...

60 minutes a day?! Yikes.
and I'm laughing at city mouse's comment. and, yes, cute shoes!

Andrea said...

I'm not sure I can fit in an additional 30 minutes per day! I think I'll maintain my belief that some exercise is still better than no exercise. :-)

KPiep said...

I wouldn't worry about it! Why? THere was a LOT in the news about this yesterday and most of the experts who weighed in pointed out several things...including the fact that the study didn't at all take into consideration calorie counts. Also, the experts all thought that it was completely unrealistic to expect women to exercise so much...and some of these people are people who I've heard push diet and exercise very emphatically in the past. The overall impression was one of "GIVE ME A BREAK!" They recommended just making sure that we are living a more physical life and doing the best we can with formal exercise.

As someone who does get in 7-8 hours of exercise/week, I know that the only reason I am able to do that is because I'm a stay at home mom and as a family we decided my 'job' for the time being was to get healthy. There is no way I would be able to do it if I were working or if I had any other outside responsibilities right now.

Crazy study...

Elissa said...

well, if you're "revisiting," i'm screwed ;-)

either way, at least you've got great shoes!

nicola@which name? said...

i heard that too only my response was a little more spirited that "rats."
:)

Shelley said...

What is "a usual diet"? I think eating a diet full of fruits and veggies and healthy fats and proteins goes a very long way. Moderate exercise will go a long way to keeping a woman fit and also keeping our joints and organs healthy. I have an impact injury (back injury) from years of overdoing it in gymnastics and ballet at a young age. My advice is to pay more attention to how your body feels and eat well - truly well. I would guess a usual diet consists of lots of eating that isn't real food from whole sources, but rather highly processed foods.

Also, a little weight gain as we age is intended to protect us from illnesses that are hard on our body as we age. So getting a bit thicker may not be a bad thing as long as we are active and truly eat well. Sorry for going on and on! I just think sometimes we put a lot of stock in studies that are narrowly focused. But I haven't read it all, so perhaps I am missing something. :)