Â Sigh... After 6 kiddos, I have a little more junk in the trunk then I would like - and it appears that I am going to have to work even harder than I thought toÂ lose the weight and keepÂ it off!Â A recent Harvard study found that as women age, they need at least one hour of exercise each day to keep weight down, and overweight women need even more.Â
Researchers at Harvard Medical School tracked the physical activity and weight of more than 34,000 healthy women over 13 years. Only 13% ofÂ those women were â€œsuccessful weight maintainersâ€â€” starting at a healthy weight and gaining less than five pounds at 2 â€“ 3 year checkpoints â€” theÂ ones who consistently got about 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day.
The rest gained weight â€” even those that exercised on average for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
â€œThere is no sugar-coating it,â€ I-Min Lee, lead author of the study told USA Today. â€œThis is what it takes to maintain weight given our diets.â€