Exercise Considered Magical For Obesity and Heart Disease
A recent editorial in the May 2016 issue of Cardiology, suggests that regular exercise can be the secret weapon to battle current worldwide obesity and cardiovascular disease pandemics.
Current data on the U.S. population’s engagement with exercise is pretty dismal. About 20% of Americans (23% of men and 18% of women) meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity, while 64% of individuals have no engagement with fitness activities. In Europe, the data suggests a parallel situation, with about 33% of individuals engaging in meaningful, regular exercise, while 42% never engage with physical activity.
Would an “exercise prescription” from your doctor’s pad inspire?
Experts have suggested that if prescriptions for exercise were doled out like pills, people would take the recommendation more seriously. Considering the current rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease (among kids and adults) in the U.S. and worldwide, it’s necessary to consider utilizing all methods to help reduce the rates of these diseases. Weight gain and being overweight in the middle age years is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as osteoarthritis and certain cancers.
The many benefits of exercise
Most experts agree that dietary changes is a key component to weight loss, however, physical activity is crucial to weight and energy balance. Regular physical activity also impacts blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood sugar levels, insulin resistance (risk of diabetes), cardiac events, breast, colon and prostate cancer risk, as well as mood, energy, sleep and sex. It can also improve low back pain.
Why don’t you exercise (at all or more)?
Experts suggest that not having time is the most common excuse for lack of exercise. They also suggest that a lack of perceived effort (how hard you think you are exercising) can make you think that your exercise habit is stellar, when it’s not. If most people were really acquainted with the long list of benefits, it just might inspire them to exercise. If they know that a commitment to a regular walking program has some benefits, it might also be the ice breaker needed to get a sedentary person engaged with fitness. Calorie restriction has become the cornerstone of weight loss and improved health because it’s pretty well know that to lose weight you need to eat less. It is important to recognize that limited or no physical activity is linked to an increase in adipose tissue and a loss of muscle mass. Most individuals will lose weight more easily if they reduce calories and begin an exercise program.
Defying weight loss plateaus requires physical activity
When you do lose weight, your smaller body also requires fewer calories for weight maintenance. There will be a limiting point where you won’t be able to enjoy life if you have to keep reducing your calorie intake. If you want to eat more, and still maintain your goal weight, you have to add exercise. That extra calorie burn will allow you to eat a bit more. If you actually build muscle through resistance training exercise, that too will allow for a slightly higher calorie intake. Resistance training (weight training) will also help to prevent osteoporosis. Brisk walking regularly and a couple of days of weight training is a formula that most people should be able to fit into even a busy schedule.