Tip of the quarter: Keys to maintaining a healthy weight

May 27,2010

An Institute of Medicine research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends that women work towards 60 minutes of moderate exercise daily or 420 minutes each week in order to maintain their weight on a normal diet. Participants who had a healthy weight and exercised 60 minutes a day maintained their weight, while those exercising less tended to gain weight — an average of 5.7 pounds.

Tips to get in your 60 minutes

Choose activities you enjoy so you will look forward to exercising. Here are some ideas:

  • Taking a brisk walk (outside or on a treadmill)
  • Dancing 
  • Taking a low-impact aerobics class 
  • Swimming or water aerobics 
  • Ice skating or roller skating 
  • Playing tennis 
  • Riding a stationary bicycle indoors