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June 13, 2019 • Fitness, Weight Control

Why Exercise is the Perfect Antidote for Midlife Weight Gain

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Midlife weight gain is one of the most predictable and unhealthy accompaniments of aging with most people gaining at least a pound or two a year. Unfortunately, midlife comes with a convergence of many different forces that bear on our waistlines – tipping the scales in the positive direction. The six primary drivers of midlife weight gain are:

  • A slow down in metabolism due to loss of lean body mass (muscle)
  • A slow down in metabolism due to impaired insulin function (insulin resistance)
  • More time spent sitting
  • Less physical activity/exercise
  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep duration or quality

Physical activity reins supreme as the ideal antidote to avoid midlife weight gain because it can improve or alleviate all six of these drivers! (And I do not know of any other factor that can achieve this.) For best results, strive for 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity 5 or more days a week along with 2 days of resistance (weight-bearing) exercise each week.




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