It is quite common for women to put on extra pounds during their middle age years, but an increase in physical activity may help keep the pounds away as they get older, according to a My Optum Health report.
Weight gain in midlife is due to a fluctuation in hormones combined with unhealthy habits, which can cause women to lose lean muscle mass, gain fat and add weight as they approach menopause, says the report.
The amount of exercise women needs depends on how healthy they want to be. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults exercise for 150 minutes per week, which comes out to 30 minutes, five days a week. Making that commitment will help maintain adequate health and prevent certain chronic diseases, says the report.
For those already middle-aged and overweight, permanent weight loss is achievable, but it takes commitment, hard work and even more time devoted to exercise to maintain a healthy weight, says the report. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association says 60 to 90 minutes of exercise per day is needed to lose weight and keep it off.
Developing a healthy lifestyle will help anybody physically and financially, as more fit individuals generally pay less for life insurance premiums.