Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Exercise Beneficial for Women -- Even in Small Doses

Maybe it's because my own exercise habits really fell off the rails this winter, but a recent article from the Dallas Morning News has motivated me to get back on track with daily physical activity. Here's the scoop...

According to researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, exercising 10 minutes to 30 minutes daily improves the quality of life for older, overweight women. A study of 430 obese women with an average age of 57 was the first large trial to prove the conventional wisdom that older, sedentary women who exercise have more energy and feel better. The benefits extend to those who get a minimal amount of daily exercise.

Women who exercised were happier and had better social skills. Those with the most daily activity had additional health benefits such as improved physical function and fewer limitations at work. While some women lost weight from the activity, the benefits extended to those who didn't, researchers said.

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