With an astonishing estimated one third of Americans qualifying as obese, it’s no wonder that we hear so much about healthy eating habits and physical fitness. Kids are young and strong and usually pursue a physical fitness program out of vanity. That’s OK, but there are many more benefits to being physically fit than good abs. Also, physical fitness applies to every age group. When you maintain a physically healthy body, you can avoid many disease conditions associated with overweight conditions.
It’s long been known that being overweight contributes to heart disease. A new study determined that fully 2/3 of overweight type 2 diabetics found that all signs of their diabetes disappeared when they underwent stomach reduction surgery and lost weight. Unable to eat as much as they wanted, they were thus cured! People who keep fit live longer and suffer less disease. So there should be no question as to the importance of physical fitness.
Keeping fit is not difficult. It’s one of those situations where slow and steady effort wins. You just need to do regular exercise. Choose an exercise regimen you enjoy. That way, you’re far more likely to stick with the program. Swimming and bicycling are two excellent activities, as you’re using most of your muscles throughout the exercise period, with the added bonus of burning plenty of calories. Roller or ice skating are also good vigorous forms of exercise. But make sure your exercise equipment is in repair and ready for action when you are.
If you enjoy walking, walking just one half hour each day, five days per week, can reduce your risk of heart disease by half. If you live close to work, try walking to work a few days each week. You’ll save gas too. If you enjoy the sports and fitness club environment, join one. Since you have a membership fee, you’re more inclined to take advantage of the facilities.