How to Get Active in the Battle Against Obesity
Counting calories to avoid weight gain? It might take more than just a careful diet. When it comes to batting weight gain, science proves that physical activity might be your secret weapon.
A recent study from Stanford University's School of Medicine reported a shocking increase in obesity from 1988 to 2010—from 25% to 35% in women and from 20% to 35% in men. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one-third of American adults are now obese.
According to the Stanford study, that spike corresponds with a decrease in the time Americans spend being active each day.
There's no doubt that daily life has changed between 1988 and now. The new age has introduced many of us to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. However, physical activity is a must in the battle against weight gain and obesity.
How can we start incorporating better fitness habits into our daily routines? Here are some of our best tips:
- Find the activity style that's right for you. If you aren't a fitness junkie, easy workouts like walking are great options for getting yourself up and moving.
- Consider something new and different. Workout options like a weekly yoga class or strength training session can deliver powerful results, and can be more engaging than a regular ol' cardio routine.
- Remember that fitness does not have to rule your entire day—just a part of it. Running even five minutes a day can offer important health benefits. Dedicating small chunks of time each day of the week (instead of overwhelming blocks) still makes an impact.