Work Out More

My Polar fitness watch just sent me an update regarding my weekly exercise log. It seems last week I only worked out one time, and burned 429 calories. I’m no data analyst but I’m thinking that is not enough for me to lose weight.

Matter of fact, I just read that even the old walk 30 minutes a day trick isn’t enough to really lose weight. According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers enrolled 201 overweight and obese women in a weight loss program. All limited their daily calories to between 1200 and 1500. After six months, the women had lost 9 to 10 percent of their body weight. Not bad, right?

Here is the problem: they couldn’t keep it off. By the end of two years, the average participant had maintained a loss of only 5% of her starting weight. There were, however some who had more success.

Friends at home, here is the key. 25% of the women were able to maintain a loss of at least 10% of their starting weight. How is that, you ask?

These participants exercised about 275 minutes a week, burning an average of 1,835 calories. This translates to just under an hour a day for at least five days a week.

Note the current recommendations are for just 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week, significantly less than the amount needed for success according to this study.

My conclusion? I need to work out more! I’m getting on the treadmill now!