You have heard the expression, “you have to move it to lose it.” It’s a no brainer that regular physical activity teamed with a reduced-calorie diet leads to weight loss in most people. Now a new study confirms that physical activity – a lot of it – is critical to preventing weight regain in women who have previously lost a significant amount of weight.
In this study, women who lost at least 10% of their initial body weight were much more likely to keep it off after two years if they exercised on average at least 275 minutes per week. That comes out to about 40 minutes every day or 55 minutes if done five days of the week. Ouch! With today’s time-starved lifestyles, who has the time to devote to something that many people don’t see as “productive time?”
But it is not as dire as you might think. Here are a couple of scenarios that demonstrate that there are many ways to add in and add up minutes of physical activity each day.