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Research Suggests Activity May Influence Eating Habits

By now, most folks know that good health requires regular exercise (even if they don’t translate this knowledge into action).  To gain health benefits, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults aim for 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity each week.  They even state that “in addition to consuming a healthy eating pattern, regular physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve health”.  New science suggests that activity levels may directly impact food choices, resulting in healthier eating habits! 

Researchers found that formerly sedentary people who began an exercise routine using a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical over several weeks, were more likely to have better eating habits according to a study of 2,600 adults in International Journal of Obesity.  Activity levels and food intakes were observed using heart rate monitors and food frequency questionnaires.  Though participants were told not to change their diet in any significant way, they ended up choosing fewer fried foods and sodas while increasing foods like lean meats and vegetables after increasing exercise over several weeks.  

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore.  Being active every day – doing something you enjoy that elevates your heart, gets your blood pumping and challenges your muscles – not only improves quality of life, but can also help you avoid injury or illness.  It’s never too late to reap the rewards of better health by starting an exercise plan today! 

Published July 1, 2019

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