Extra weight is generally defined as having more body fat than is optimally healthy. Having extra weight is a common condition, especially where food supplies are plentiful and lifestyles are sedentary. As much as 64% of the United States adult population is considered either overweight or obese, and this percentage has increased over the last four decades.
Extra weight has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults being either overweight or obese. Increases have been observed across all age groups. A healthy body requires a minimum amount of fat for the proper functioning of the hormonal, reproductive, and immune systems, as thermal insulation, as shock absorption for sensitive areas, and as energy for future use. But the accumulation of too much storage fat can impair movement and flexibility, and can alter the appearance of the body.
There are many ways out to lose your extra weight. Some people take the shelter of medicines. Some go for dieting. A few others have been seen to undertake vigorous exercises or jogging. Many go to gyms etc. But it has been seen that regular exercise can not only reduce your extra weight but can keep you away from this illness (I will say, it is an illness).
You are never too unfit, too young or too old to begin proper exercise program. Regardless of your age, gender or role in life, shape or size everyone can benefit from regular physical activity. Getting moving is a challenge because today physical activity plays a very small role in our daily lives as there are fewer jobs that require physical exertion. We have become a society who is reliant on technology and machines rather than physical strength to perform our work and to get around.
In addition, we have become mainly observers with more people (including children) spending their leisure time into those activities which usually doesn’t involve physical activity. Consequently, statistics show that overweight and obesity, along with the problems that come with it (high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, etc.), is on the rise.
Today, there is a growing emphasis on looking good, feeling good, staying as young as possible and living longer. It has been well proven that one of the keys to achieving these ideals is fitness and exercise. But if you spend your days at a sedentary job and pass your evenings watching television, it may require some determination and commitment to make regular activity a part of your daily routine.
To achieve a higher level of fitness, strength, health and wellness requires a sustained, commitment to regular exercise. Without this commitment, other priorities take over and consume our time. It is way too easy to put our exercise program on hold when something else comes up.
Sometimes this is unavoidable but when you find yourself putting your program on hold for months (until it gets warmer) or even years (when the kids are in school), then you are waiting too long. If not now, when will you really be less busy - next year?
A commitment to regular physical activity is a commitment to yourself and those you care about and that care about you. The difference between people who do reach their health and fitness goals and ones who do not is that successful people are willing to do the things that are necessary to reach those goals.
Firstly, you need to identify the habits and beliefs that are holding you back from accomplishing your goal. It is therefore important to identify these habits in order to plan a realistic strategy to eradicate the old habits and create new ones. It is not necessary to pressure yourself to be perfect, all we should look for is improvement and we all have to start somewhere. So start where you are.
Even changing the way you think is a positive step towards new health and fitness goals. Demand a little bit more of yourself with each passing day. Work at making it a habit to think only positive things, work at making it a habit to reach your goals. Creating new habits, new plans, and new beliefs is what will get you to your goals.
Once you become aware of the power you really have, overcoming obstacles will be easier. After a few successes, your confidence will grow and it will be even easier to reach further towards your health and fitness goals.
Just remember that in any area of life you can have excuses or experiences, reasons or results. Your mind is a powerful thing so use it positively and allow it to help you develop self discipline. Make your exercise time a priority; schedule it into your diary like any other appointment and don't let anyone or anything get in the way.
You will be rewarded with loads of energy, new found strength and a vibrancy that only fit people seem to have. You will also find you have an inner sense of well being deep inside you that confirms you are doing all you can to look after yourself. When I ask the members of two gyms about their weight concerns, I make a point of asking each of them what they consider to be their greatest health challenge.
In other words, what is the main thing that holds them back from achieving a more satisfactory level of health? I recommend that if you are serious about improving your own health then you too should ask this same question. Why? Simply because it is hard to reach a destination when you have not properly identified the route you are going to take to get there - and identifying any obstacles that are likely to get in your way is the very first task you need to accomplish.
Let me give you an idea of the kind of thing I am talking about. Eating plays a huge role in our lives, and both what we eat, and how often we do it, can be the deciding factor in whether or not we are going to be able to reach our body weight goals, both in the near future and for years to come.
If you were to take a serious look at the kinds of foods you are eating today, then you may identify this aspect of your health plan as one of the more shaky components. You cannot build on a foundation of sand, and your dietary habits are to the maintenance of your continued health, as the ground beneath your home is to the preservation of a roof over your head - you must ensure that you are working from a solid foundation.
No matter what your current concerns with your health and well being, by taking a hard look at
where you are now, and identifying the obstacles to your immediate progress, you will dramatically improve your odds of success, both in the near future and in the years to come if you firmly determine to do so.
Be Happy – Lose Your Extra Weight.