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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Exercise Excerpt: Slow's Not A Go?

"Although moderate-intensity physical activity does provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and risks for systemic inflammation and type 2 diabetes, you better increase the intensity of your activity to lose weight unless you exercise more than an hour almost every day," said Dong-Chul Seo, lead author of the article and an assistant professor in Indiana University
Bloomington's Department of Applied Health Science.


Seo cautioned that making an active lifestyle a habit, regardless of the intensity of the exercise, is more important than exercising vigorously. "Many obese or older adults would benefit more through moderate-intensity physical activity. Research indicates that obese or elderly people tend to adhere more to moderate activity than to vigorous activity."
--from "Slow Walking Not Helpful In Losing Weight"

Bottom line: Any consistent exercise program does you good, in all sorts of ways, but if your focus is exercise for weight loss, you gotta ramp it up and do it longer. Moreweat and more time. (Ugh.)

1 comment:

kathyj333 said...

I just had a fitness assessment today and learned that you have to stay above a certain heart rate to even think about losing weight. I think it was above 65%, but preferably in 85% range.