Coliseum Health System - March 22, 2017

Want to keep that number on the scale right where it is for the next dozen or so years?

Here's the 60-minute secret that will make it so: daily walking. In a long-term study, middle-aged women who averaged about 60 minutes' worth of moderate-intensity exercise like walking on a daily basis experienced almost no weight gain during a 13-year period.

Pound Pusher

If you struggle with your weight already, you might need a little more than a daily 60. The overweight or obese women in the study weren't able to halt weight gain with the same level of exercise that worked for their healthy-weight peers.

The Fitness Factor

The really great news about the exercise study? Moderate-intensity exercise helped the healthy-weight women avoid weight gain even while they continued to eat as they normally would. No special diet was needed. Having trouble keeping yourself moving? Here are three strategies for overcoming common excuses:

Coliseum Northside Hospital understands how frustrating it can be to go through the same old diet and exercise routines without seeing any significant difference. Sometimes losing excess body weight and keeping it off requires more than simply changing habits. That's why the Georgia Bariatric Center at Coliseum Northside Hospital offers minimally invasive weight loss surgery options. With the help of experts at Coliseum Northside Hospital, you could be on your way to finally losing the weight that has kept you from enjoying life the way you deserve.

This article originally appeared on Sharecare.com.