HuffPost recently summarized the results of a new study entitled “Associations among Physical Activity, Diet Quality, and Weight Status in US Adults“. It was done by researchers at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) and published in The Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The study was one of the first to look at associations among moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, diet quality, and weight status within and across age groups in US adults.
Purpose: Nearly 70% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, but the associations between physical activity, diet quality, and weight status have not been examined in a representative sample of US adults. – Russell Pate et al (University of South Carolina)
Study: Exercise for seniors
The study, consisting of 4,999 American adults (ages 20-70) noted that diet alone isn’t enough to stave off age related weight gain. It further noted that exercise for seniors has a greater impact on weight gain than diet does. Authors felt their findings provided support for “public health efforts to prevent obesity by promoting increased physical activity in adult Americans”. Clearly we all need to be more cognizant of the role that both diet and exercise play in our overall health.
Overall, Americans’ activity levels are lower thanks to sedentary jobs, technology and better mass transportation options, according to the American Heart Association. We’re paying for those conveniences with our health; about 69 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, which increases risk for diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and reproductive problems. – Anna Almendrala, HuffPost
Balance is the key
In our opinion it’s important to note that balance is really the key here. A consistent regimen of eating healthy foods (in proper portions) combined with (at least) the federal activity guidelines of 150 minutes of exercise per week are vitally important to both our physical and mental health. As we age, we need these 2 healthy components more than ever to stay sharp, to feel our best, and to keep our bodies strong (muscles as well as bone structure).
What are you doing to keep yourself healthy these days? Are you spending time at the gym? Do you have a particular walking/running routine? We’d love to hear how you’re tackling these important issues in your life! Let us know in the comments below.