Daily Physical Activity Can Help Reduce Long-Term Weight Gain In Adults


Daily physical activity can help reduce long-term weight gain in adultsMany adults struggle to manage their weight once they hit middle age, which may add to stress and self-esteem issues for some individuals.

However, researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that daily exercise beginning in early adulthood can help reduce weight gain over time. The report, which appears in the Dec. 14 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association, showed that moderate to vigorous physical activity every day can benefit individuals in the long term, especially women.

Approximately 1,800 women and 1,700 men participated in the study, which observed adults between the ages of 18 and 50. Researchers found that women who engaged in high levels of activity — which consisted of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week — gained an average of 13 pounds less than more sedentary types. Active men who participated gained about 6 pounds less than their less athletic peers.

"The study reinforces that everyone needs to make regular activity part of their lifestyles throughout their lives," said Dr. Arlene Hankinson, the study's lead author. "Not many people actually do that."

According to the study, high activity included recreational exercise such as basketball, running, brisk walking or housework.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 28 percent of Americans are obese.

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.