I'm in a constant battle to get into better shape. As I get older it becomes more difficult. (Something my kids don't believe, but they'll find out.) I'm eating better. (and eating less) I'm doing some workouts at home. 

Then I read this National Institute of Health article, and my spirit is broken. In a nutshell the article says that women derive more benefit from the same type of exercise as men. 

The NIH says:

Even a limited amount of regular exercise can provide a major benefit, and it turns out this is especially true for women. . . Taking some regular time out for exercise, even if it’s just 20-30 minutes of vigorous exercise a few times each week, can offer a lot more gain than they may realize. 

Now because I'm selfish and self-centered, my first reaction was to say to myself, “that's just not fair.” I work hard, I should be repaid equally for how hard I work. In my mind, it doesn't really matter who benefits more, as long as it's me.  

NIH went on to say:

This study emphasizes that there is no singular approach for exercise. . . A person’s physical activity needs and goals may change based on their age, health status, and schedule – but the value of any type of exercise is irrefutable.

Ultimately, I know I have no one to blame but myself for my pear-shaped physique. I am making changes; I just wish it was easier. I guess that's true for all of us. 

Source: Women may realize health benefits of regular exercise more than men | National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

 

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