Watch Your Weight

Healthy Woman - Watch Your Weight

When is watching your weight necessary?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 65 percent of adults are overweight. This seems to start around age 30 and continue through old age, with peaks in the 30s and 50s. More than 60 percent of women in the United States do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity, and more than 25 percent are not active at all.

Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important if you have had any of the following:

If your weight is not in the healthy range for your height and build, the best way to lose weight is to set a reasonable goal and lose it slowly and gradually. Develop a healthy pattern of eating and exercising that you can follow for the rest of your life.

Healthy tips for maintaining your weight:

Follow these nutrition tips for maintaining a healthy weight:

Exercise is an important way to manage your weight. Aerobic exercises and strengthening exercises burn calories by increasing heart rate. Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits. Women of all ages benefit from a moderate amount of physical activity, preferably daily. The same moderate amount of activity can be obtained in longer sessions of moderately intense activities (such as 30 minutes of brisk walking) as in shorter sessions of more strenuous activities (such as 15 to 20 minutes of jogging). Previously sedentary women who begin physical activity programs should start with short intervals (5 to 10 minutes) of physical activity and gradually build up to the desired level of activity. Women with chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, or those who are at high risk for these conditions should first consult their physician before beginning a new program of physical activity. Women over age 50 who plan to begin a new program of vigorous physical activity should first consult their physician to be sure they do not have heart disease or other health problems.

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