Magazine article Work & Family Life

How about a Brisk Walk.To the Gym?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How about a Brisk Walk.To the Gym?

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Many of us gain a pound or two a year through middle age-and losing weight gets harder as we get older. A new study published in the journal Obesity suggests that adding weights to one's daily regimen is more important than cutting calories.

Researchers at Wake Forest University recruited a group of 249 overweight, mostly sedentary men and women ages 60 and older. They reviewed their diets, body compositions and muscle strength and randomly assigned them to one of three groups.

One group began a calorie-reduction plan of about 300 calories daily and was asked not to exercise. One group reduced calories and began a supervised program of brisk walking four times a week. The third group reduced calorie intake but also began a weighttraining program at a gym four times a week. …

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