Its better to be fit and overweight than thin and sedentary, according to a research study. In a long study that spanned 12 years, researchers found that 60-year-olds who did cardiovascular exercise lived longer than 60-year-olds who didnt exercise, regardless of their body fat percentage.
Dr. Diet weighs in:
This is really good news for people who are engaging in regular exercise yet disappointed that they have not lost enough weight.
Take heart in knowing that engaging in the equivalent of 30 minutes of walking most days of the week has great health benefits that go far beyond helping you lose weight.
And for those of you who have yet to jump onto the exercise bandwagon, this study should hopefully boost your motivation to do so.
More good news you dont have to join a health club, run a marathon or become a buff athlete because what these guidelines are saying is that brisk walking at a pace that is challenging to your heart and lungs is enough to reap these benefits.
Here are some ways you can accumulate those 30 minutes of brisk walking on most days of the week: If you own a dog, you can get in your 30 minutes by buddying up with and walking your dog each day. Your dog will live longer and be healthier also. If youre a new parent, walk your baby in the stroller. If you have young children, walk your children to and from school. If you work outside of your home, buddy up with fellow workers and walking during break times. Find a walking partner in your neighborhood, either a spouse, neighbor or friend. Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator Park your car further away
Before you know it, youll be close to reaching the 30 minute goal and youll be on your way to a longer and healthier life!