On Avoiding Weight Gain as We Age
It is a fact many of us begin to put on weight as we get older.
Many people blame a sluggish metabolism for the weight gain. But, as it turns out, our metabolisms are not the reason when it comes to the pounds that come on with each passing decade.
Age-related weight gain has more to do with our activity patterns than it does with our metabolism, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Our metabolism, the term for the calorie-burning process our bodies do naturally, shifts based on the various activities we do throughout the day.
Unfortunately, the rate at which we digest our meals and burn energy cannot be altered significantly enough to cause weight loss.
But as we age, we also get less active while sticking to roughly the same diet. Researchers say this, not our metabolic rate, is the Key reason for the pounds we pack on as we get older.
To avoid weight gain, adding regular movement to your day is Key and is eating less. That could involve taking the stairs at work or hitting the gym a few times a week, every little bit counts.
New research published this spring suggests that to achieve better health and reduce your risk of death from any cause, any kind of movement is better than little or none. That means any effort that gets us moving and breathing, whether it’s a 2X-weekly heart-pounding kickboxing class or a 30-min walk to work has measurable benefits for your brain and body.
That study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, used data on physical activity and death rates from national surveys of more than 4,800 adults. It found that people with more “bouted” or concentrated activity, like a fitness class or gym session, fared no better than people who clocked the same amount of exercise in tiny bits throughout the day.
“The Key message based on the results presented is that total physical activity provides important health benefits,” the authors wrote in their paper.
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