Autumn is here and I know some women and men feel it’s time to pull out the heavy sweaters and coats to cover up all of the mistakes they’ve made during the past three months. With the holidays right around the corner; it may be even harder if you don’t start now with a healthier regimen. Think about all the BBQs, holy communions, baptism, birthday parties, you name it that you attended over the Summer, your Summer was so busy, you probably didn’t even have time to hit the gym or pay attention to what you were really consuming. It’s never too late to repent, remember spring is not that far away and if you get on it now, your health and significant other will appreciate it.
Working out, followed by a good diet is essential to any healthy lifestyle. Although, I feel both sexes should make this a year round practice… I do understand some people are on a tight budget, but a good workout don’t have to be at a gym, you can get a good workout at home, the office or even at a local recreational park. The whole point is to keep moving, whether you’re a man or a woman; you have to make your health priority in all you do because you’re not good to anyone if you are not good to yourself.
Men tend to believe that being men they don’t have to eat healthy or work out because they will not be judged which says a lot about women and how tolerant we are as women however don’t think for one second a protruding stomach is sexy, not even remotely. Put the liquid fat aka liquor/beer down, what are you celebrating, you didn’t hit the gym?
And while we’re on the subject we should also encourage our kids to practice better eating habits when they’re in school. For the past 30 years the youths of this country obesity rate have tripled. The more technology advance, the less mobile we’ve become.First Lady Michelle Obama has started a program called “Let’s Move” which you can check out at letsmove.gov “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move!
Learn the facts about your health. Being overweight can actually shorten your life by 20 years. According to the CDC: Obesity is common, serious and costly. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)] Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines] The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]
The CDC has on their website a calculator called the BMI basically what the BMI does is measure your height and weight to tell you exactly how much you’re supposed to weigh at that frame. If you are planning on starting your diet, you should definitely see your doctor first to determine what’s your BMI and take it from there to know exactly how many pounds overweight, you are so you can have a more realistic idea of where you should be and do note that underweight is also a health issue.