Physical Activity

Physical Activity
Why do physical activity. Do you know that currently 2/3 of America is considered obese or over weight? Being overweight is described as having an excessive amount of body weight that may come from muscle, bone, fat, or water. While obesity refers to having an excessive amount of body weight. So why is this important? Many people think of gaining weight as just adding some extra pounds. But the truth is that the ramifications of these extra pounds can be more than you expected. Here are some by-products of being overweight or obese: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and stroke. I personally see the impact of the obesity and overweight population in Columbia, SC. Your body is like a furnace, if you don’t maintain it and feed it the right food and maintenance it will eventually shut down. But, like a machine, if you give it great preventative maintenance, you will feel better for a longer period of time. The focus of this preventative maintenance,

So, having these “extra” pounds can lead so something more serious. Of course, you know that 5 or 10 extra pounds probably won’t cause this. But most of the time a couple of extra pounds usually balloons into more. A couple reasons could be linked to these causes. The first reason for the influx of overweight persons can be attributed to the food that we consume. Society is going away from natural sources of food, and instead are going toward processed or altered foods. The second reason is our lack of physical activity. We as humans were meant to move, and today, there are so many things that make physical activity obsolete. The third reason is linked to the current emotional state of a person. Let’s go into a little more detail with this point. Food has been used as a staple outlet for emotional stress, and most of the time, it is the sugary and fatty foods that people prefer. So when someone’s state changes, they want to feel better, and they temporarily do this by ingesting foods that make them feel better. But the 1st and 3rd reason are outside the scope of today’s blog.

Now that you see the importance of physical activity, let’s focus on some ways to incorporate it in our daily lives. Increasing you level of physical activity is a lot easier than you think. For example parking at the back of the parking lot at any store will cause you to walk a little more. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is also a great idea of getting a little extra physical activity in. These are two small tips that overtime will help you increase you activity level. Just remember, it’s the long term practices that will allow you to see the greatest benefit. Walking is probably the easiest way to increase you activity level, but don’t stop there. You goal should always be to keep increasing your activity level. Start walking for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 20 and so on. Once you can walk for 30 minutes straight incorporate jogging. Once you can jog, incorporate light weight training, or some workout classes. The main thing is to keep pushing your body more and more. Once you have the habit of this, you will notice the change in both your body and mind.

Just give increasing your physical activity a chance. I promise you that it will only help your life in mind and body. I’m sure that once you get started, you will see the benefits and will get hooked.

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