Are working women at greater risk of gaining weight?

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New research is showing that working women are more likely to gain weight, and suffer the numerous problems related to gaining weight, than those who don’t. The more you work, the greater the likelihood of packing on unwanted pounds. With an increased rate of weight gain risk factors and unhealthy behavior, women working full-time and more should consider taking extra doable steps to stay healthy.

Shouldn’t work make me more active? Why would I gain weight?

While an active lifestyle is better than sitting on the couch all day, a growing number of jobs have become confined to a chair for long stretches of time or otherwise require little physical effort. The sedentary lifestyle is a major health problem in our society, and it can be difficult to overcome. That’s why getting the most out of your time spent exercising, the healthy meals you eat and your sleep schedule are so important.

There are numerous steps you can take to improve your health no matter what kind of work/life schedule you have. Olumia Life is designed with the optimization of the time you have specifically in mind.

Work itself may not actually be the problem, but, rather, behaviors that tend to coincide with working. Researchers, for example, found that about 65% of the women who worked very long hours also drank alcohol to an unhealthy degree. This type of behavior was more common across the board for women working longer hours; they were more likely to smoke, get less sleep (and with poor sleep hygiene), and to exercise less often.

The scientific evidence

The research study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, followed 9,000 women aged 45 to 50. They were divided in groups depending on how many hours they worked per week: unemployed, full time (35-40 hours), long (41-48 hours) and very long (49%2B hours).

As the amount of hours worked per week went up, so did the percentage of weight gain.

Nicole Au, of Australia’s Monash University, was quoted by the Sydney Herald as saying, “Working women are faced with so many different time pressures, which leaves them with less time to engage in physical activity and less time to prepare healthy meals.”

What you can do

When you have a busy schedule, you need to make the most out of the effort you exert towards improving and maintaining your health. This means being as active as you can, eating well, improving your Insulin Efficiency and getting enough quality sleep. Your health is interconnected, which is good news if you’re busy. If you are unable to get in all the hours you need at the gym, you can stick to a healthy diet and get enough rest to help make up for it. Obviously, Sleep, Nutrition and Fitness are all important parts of your health. That’s why optimization of your efforts is so important.

You can bolster one area that slacking by improving on the others. Olumia Life takes advantage of the latest scientific research but is also pragmatic in its implementation. Your work week is tough enough, but the more you can stick to the Olumia plan, the better off you’ll be.

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