Obesity and Exercise
There are several ways to prevent obesity, and exercise is one of the most effective. The best way to lose weight is to do so gradually by engaging in regular physical activity and eating a balanced diet. There are also several benefits to becoming physically active, such as reducing your risk of certain medical conditions, improving self-esteem, and reducing anxiety and depression.
Experts agree that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent obesity (see Obesity Prevention). It is also important for people who are overweight or obese to incorporate exercise into their daily activity.
Would you like to be more physically active, but are not sure if, or how, to do it? The purpose of this article is to help you become more active, regardless of your size.
The best way to take off pounds is to do so gradually by getting regular physical activity and eating a balanced diet that is lower in calories and saturated fat. Besides helping to take off pounds, physical activity has several other benefits, such as:
- Reducing your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke
- Lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes
- Lowering high blood pressure
- Protecting against falling and bone fractures in older adults
- Helping to protect against certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer.
Regular physical activity can also make you feel better because it:
- Helps keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy
- Reduces anxiety and depression and boosts your mood
- Helps you handle stress
- Helps control your weight
- Helps control joint swelling and pain from arthritis
- Helps you feel more energetic
- Helps you sleep better
- Improves your self-esteem.
An active lifestyle can help anyone. In fact, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week can significantly improve your health. Most people can get better health benefits if they engage in physical activity that is more vigorous in intensity and/or longer in duration.
To help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy weight gain, you should get about 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days of the week while not exceeding your recommended daily intake of calories. In order to keep the weight loss off, get at least 60 to 90 minutes of daily, moderate-intensity physical activity while not exceeding caloric intake requirements.