Exercise: 1 hour a day. Seriously.

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that women need to workout daily for 60 minutes to keep from gaining weight as they age. The study involved 34,000 women over a span of 13 years. The women who maintained their body weight over that time exercised moderately for an hour a day.

Are you depressed now?

It’s really no surprise, is it? Look at the fit, lean people you know — they’re the ones who have made exercise a part of their daily routine. And, I have to say, I’ve always been a little irritated by the older studies that claimed all we need is 20 minutes every other day — so this seems much more on target. Although in our hectic lives, probably not too realistic.   I feel there is some middle ground here, however. First, let’s just try doing 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. To me, that is attainable. I don’t care who you are, you have 30 minutes.

Find a way to move your body every single day:

  • Get up 30 minutes earlier
  • Jump rope in the garage
  • Run the stairs in your building (that’s how I lost weight after my first child)
  • Use DVDS or Exercise TV when you can’t leave the house
  • Find classes that you enjoy and make them fit into your schedule
  • Run outside — put your kids in the stroller, or have them come with you on their bikes.
  • Dance
  • Do total body workouts with cardio spurts in between. All you need is music, weights and some space.
  • Have more sex
  • Take the stairs, park far from entrances, shovel, mow, clean

Do you get the picture? We need to move more and every day.

You can do it. Decide to do it. Make your plan.

Share it with me — I’d love to hear it!