In a recent study by Northwestern Universityâ€™s Feinberg School of Medicine, theyâ€™ve made an official correlation between exercise while young and maintaining a stable weight as you get older. People who did at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day, like jogging, biking or swimming, were more than twice as likely to keep a stable BMI (body mass index) across the next 20 years.
BMI is a measure of the amount of fat in your body based on your height and weight. Hereâ€™s a super easy BMI calculator.
In the study, some of the active people did gain some weight, but it was, on average, 14 pounds less than those who with consistently low activity.
So what does this mean for us?
Basically, it should be an encouragement for young people to be more active and keep it up over their lifetime. The better you do at your younger ages, the easier time youâ€™ll have of keeping off the pounds as you age.