Daily walks can prevent weight gain at middle age

Bryan Aldrige

October 11, 2010

The dreaded middle-age spread is an aspect of aging that slowly advances as older adults become less active and gain weight, but AARP.com reports that some simple, physical activities can have immense benefits.

One study conducted by Harvard researchers found that women gained, on average, 20 pounds over 16 years while hitting middle age. However, those who walked or biked every morning gained significantly less weight.

Part of the problem is that muscle mass also starts to deteriorate by age 40, making for sarcopenic obesity, which is a progressive loss of muscle combined with obesity.

"Some people gain a pound a year during midlife," Caroline Apovian, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, told the news provider.

Another reason that middle-aged adults may not be exercising is that they are taking care of older parents. If a caretaker's lifestyle is being seriously affected by these responsibilities, a medical alarm may offer some relief.

These devices can be installed in a home so that an older adult can contact family or friends in the case of an emergency. This senior alert system can guarantee that seniors have a way of getting in touch with someone in the case of an injury or medical condition.

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