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Obese women are getting only an hour of exercise a year, says new study

By Amanda Stewart,

A new study has found that the average obese woman only gets an hour of vigorous exercise each year and obese men are generally getting less than four hours of exercise.

This study was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and tracked their movements and collected data about how much they exercised and at what intensity, according to TIME.

The study defined vigorous exercise as jogging or other fat-burning exercises. For extremely overweight people, walking could be considered vigorous exercise.

Women tend to be busy people, especially if they have children. Think about it: eight hours at work, eight hours of sleep, carpooling, cooking dinners/lunches, cleaning. The list goes on. These busy schedules sometimes don’t allot time for exercise, according to Medical Daily.

The recommended daily 30 minutes of exercise could possibly take these women half a year to complete.

"They're living their lives from one chair to another," Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center. "We didn't realize we were that sedentary. There are some people who are vigorously active, but it's offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”

The national recommendation is one and a half hours or more weekly than some of these women get all year. The federal recommendation is for a person to get moderate-intensity exercise for two and a half hours a week (or about 30 minutes a day, five days a week).

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