A daily 30-minute vigorous workout can control weight gain over 20 yearsNovember 14th, 2007 - 8:32 am ICT by admin
But even highly active people, who gained weight, gained 14 pounds less over 20 years than those with consistently low activity.
Although physical activity is often recommended as a way to prevent weight gain, this is one of the first studies to examine the relationship between activity and weight by looking at patterns of exercise over a long period of time.
Led by Arlene Hankinson, an instructor in preventive medicine at the Feinberg School, the research team examined data from over 2,600 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study to determine if high activity patterns over time were associated with maintaining a stable BMI.
Participants in CARDIA, who were 18 to 30 years old when the study began, have been tracked for 20 years.
“The results will hopefully encourage young people to become more active and to maintain high activity over a lifetime,” Hankinson said.
The findings were presented on Nov. 5, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla. (ANI)
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