Obesity (20% or more above your ideal weight) raises blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels, decreases circulation, increase likelihood for developing diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and sleep apnea. Even when there are no adverse effects on the known risk factors, obesity by itself increases risk of heart disease.
Improves Quality of Life
Physical activity boosts mental wellness and improves physical wellness. Physical activity enhances your immune system, reduces risk factors and prolongs your optimal health. Stay tuned for more tips about physical activity in the days ahead!
Make the Time.
Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or a schedule recommended by your doctor). Exercise the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle.
Keep reasonable expectations for yourself.
See your doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning a physical activity program. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t get discouraged if you stop for a while. Get started again gradually and work up to your old pace. Don’t exercise right after meals, when it’s very hot or humid, or when you just don’t feel up to it.
Make it fun!
Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting. Add variety. Ask family and friends to join you – you’ll be more likely to stick with it if you have company. Use variety to keep your interest up. Use music to keep you entertained.