If food is fuel for the body why not treat your body like a Mercedes?
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy"
Would you drive your car with sludge in the engine, knowing it could break down at any time because you didn’t make an effort to have the oil changed? Of course not! Exercise is about maintenance. Maintaining your body is the best resolution you can make on New Year’s Day and straight through the seasons.
Studies reveal that Americans are getting heavier and developing obesity related chronic illnesses.
Losing weight is not just about how you look in a bathing suit! If you are overweight (that is not he same as having curves--- if you are 'curvy' and your body mass index is within normal limits then your health is not at risk.)
What is your Body mass Index? Find out here: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-05-2010/bmi_calculator.html
Losing as much (or as little) as 10 lbs. can make a difference in improving your health. Your joints, your blood pressure and blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. can all benefit from maintaining a healthy body weight. I know someone who recently lost ten lbs. who told me, "Imagine holding a 5lb. bags of potatoes in each arm. That is how much weight I lost.". That is one of the many reasons people feel better after they have lost weight.
"New Report: Adult Obesity Increases in 16 States in the Past Year." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Press Release 7/07/11.
"Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995," said TFAH executive director Jeffrey Levi. "There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can't afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding healthcare spending."
According to this report in State By State Adult Obesity Growth Ranks since 1995, Oregon, Florida and New Jersey are tied for 32nd. To read the entire article open this link: http://www.rwjf.org/newsroom/product.jsp?id=72574
Obesity and obesity related illness are reversible. It is never too late to embark on a fitter lifestyle which includes nutritious food and regular exercise.
Please see Fit To Go Tips to learn how cardiovascular exercise helps to control weight, which in turn, reduces the risk of certain chronic illnesses.
As little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week can help to improve our health. Everyone has different perceptions of how they would like to look. Being 'ultra thin' or 'buff' as a body builder are not necessarily the pictures of perfect health. A healthy Body Mass Index and Body Fat Percentage are guidelines to help you to maintain a healthy body weight.
Is there anything cuter than pinchable, kissable, chubby baby thighs? We go through great lengths to make sure our little cherubs stay chunky and 'healthy' looking. So why do we beat ourselves up if we don't look like bikini models at 40 and 50?
During nursing school I had choices- take care of my family, work, go to school and STUDY? Or...take care of my family, work, go to school and log in 10-15 miles a week on my runs. Studying won out. Priorities.
Exercise always holds a place of priority in my life, but I had to drop my level of intensity, and the duration of my workouts. I exercised enough to maintain my energy levels and my health, but not enough to keep the skinny butt. (The vending machine near the lecture hall didn’t help…what’s up with those anyway? Why are they filled with junk? I’m not expecting celery and tofu, but Snickers is NOT a meal replacement.)
How far do we go? Well, if exercise becomes a life obsession, soley for the purpose of another person saying we look great- but deep down we are miserable and the red velvet cake is instilling thoughts of a binge and purge fest- FUGGETABOUDDIT. This subject does indeed get my Brooklyn up. Why do people always equate looking good with weight loss? It really is ok to look 'regular'. I think the media is catching on...take a look at the real looking people in commercials these days.
As a responsible health and fitness advocate I add this: Check with your physician and learn your body mass index, and what a healthy weight is for your height and frame.
If you are overweight take strides to be healthy by modifying your diet and taking gradual steps to build stamina and embark on a regular exercise routine. It really does work! Anyone who has stopped with the junk food snacks and put more physical activity in their lives has seen the results. Make it a lifestyle and the results will last a lifetime.