Just to make your head spin on this Friday here are a bunch of new studies/findings/discussions of findings to make you go in circles.
3o minutes a day, no longer the path to the golden ring of Health : “It’s widely accepted that 30 minutes a day of exercise will lower the risk of some chronic diseases, but new research suggests it’s not enough to control weight gain. The new study from the US has found that among middle aged and older women, there’s little difference in weight gain between women who get their 30 minutes and those who don’t. ”
Okay then, well what DO they suggest? “People should undertake a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. Now the intention there is to reduce the risk of various diseases like heart disease and reduce the risk of early death. But we really haven’t been able to pinpoint or optimise the amount of exercise required for prevention of weight gain, we haven’t really had the research.”
Wait, what? We really haven’t had the RESEARCH?? Billions of funded dollars have gone into weight studies so that we can banish us huge blobs of flesh from the world and there hasn’t been enough research?? Or is it that the research hasn’t provided them with the biased results they WANT? Namely that we fatties just need to walk a bit further every day than from couch to fridge and back and then POOF we’ll be Magic-Thin!? Also notable, yeah 30 minutes improves your HEALTH but damn, I mean you’ll still be FAT so..ugg we need more research. *eyeroll*
So okay, not 30 minutes. What do you folks suggest instead? Give me more about that 60 minutes….
Only one hour a week: “There’s growing support for what’s known as high intensity interval training. You literally pack a weeks’ worth of exercise into a short amount of time. The research is mounting and some exercise experts are creating a buzz with claims this could revolutionize exercise. The research focuses specifically on high intensity interval training. It’s recommended you spend about four minutes at 100 percent capacity and then rest for several minutes in between. The entire work out lasts 20 to 30 minutes once or twice a week. Most of the research has been done in young, physically fit people. But some studies are showing older people even those with some medical conditions might be able to handle it.” (Emphasis is mine)
No, no! One hour a DAY. Just to MAINTAIN!: “Researchers followed more than 34,000 middle-aged women for 13 years. They measured their weight and activity level, and found those who exercised at least 60 minutes a day gained fewer pounds over time than those who clocked less time in the gym or on the track. ‘The hour a day that this study is talking about is moderate exercise,'”* (emphasis mine)
And people wonder why us poor fatties are confused. I must say I “love” the language in the end of the second article indicating that one woman doing intense (not just the recommended “moderate” level mind you) 1 hour workouts a day is “winning the war on weight gain”. Swell! Do you think she’ll get a banner to that effect anytime soon declaring that her War on Weight is Won? Also amusing to me was when I heard this latter reported a few days ago on TV and the reporter coming back from the “experts” was aghast: “But…did you hear that?? A full hour a day just to MAINTAIN?!” But then, he was a guy so I guess he doesn’t have to worry because the only thing researchers really care about is that there aren’t any unsightly fat women around. For now at least. That may change and is definitely on** its way but you’ll note that both of the above are for getting WOMEN thinner/not as fat. Also, a Google news search for “men exercise study” ONLY pulls the first page of results ALL for women. (yes, even searching for “men” still pulls “Oh noes, you must have meant “women”)
So that’s your contradictory (or arguably not?) findings for the end of the week. More exercise might stave off that extra 6 pounds of middle-aged spread. If you’re already at a normal weight. Maybe.
Another interesting article reports a study which concludes: “Although modest weight reductions were observed, there is a lack of high-quality evidence to support the efficacy of weight loss programmes in older people.” (a funny bit in the methodology is that these results are even when using the “significant” weight loss of 3kg. For those of us not on-board with metric that is 6.6 pounds. That’s not what I call “success”; otherwise I could have totally called myself a diet “winner” many times over in my past!!
Happy exercising this weekend. I plan to spend some time waving around some Palms and trumpets on Sunday, how about you?
*Note that this ONLY works for people already considered at a “normal” weight: “The findings did not hold true, however, for overweight and obese women.” As per folks at The Examiner.
**LOVE the quote this one ends with: ““It’s clear that the message to lose weight isn’t working because so many people regain weight. A new message is to keep exercising and maintain your weight to reduce disease risk and improve overall health,” said the study’s lead author, Tom Thomas. “Don’t worry so much about losing weight, but focus on exercising and maintaining your current weight.””