Exercise and staying fit are not just a good idea; they are central to the health and the function of the human body. Recent science suggests that the human body is not just able to move, but it must move daily to stay healthy, and the body and mind alike reward a person who gets active, such as running, lifting weights, or anything else. Sedentary behavior is not natural to the human body, but the bad news is that today, many people and Americans have sedentary lifestyles anyway, and this can contribute to rising rats of obesity affecting both kids and adults alike. But the good news is that any able-bodied person can start effective weight loss and have a healthier lifestyle by means of eating better and getting active. Workouts of all kinds are out there for different people to try, and based on age, weight, current physical condition, and other factors, different workouts might work better for different people. Workouts can be done at home, at a public gym, or even with a personal trainer who will know different workouts to offer to clients. How can Americans get on track to a healthier body?
Obesity Rates and Causes
The simple truth is the too many Americans, kids and adults like, are overweight, and there are a few causes that most agree can be blamed for this. One is the modern diet. Fast food and highly processed food contain added sugars and fats to make them taste better, and these ingredients take advantage of how the human body naturally craves these things, a relic from when human beings did not have easy access to food. Today, food is plentiful for Americans, but it is easy to overindulge, and consuming fatty and sugary foods as the norm is contributing a lot to modern obesity rates in children and adults alike, and such foods rapidly add fat to the body. This may coincide with a general lack of interest in whole, organic foods that only have natural ingredients.
Sedentary behavior is the other major cause of today’s obesity rates. Often, kids are not exercising enough outside or playing sports, and instead they are staying indoors and using electronic screens such as game systems or home PCs, and this means that they are not burning calories. Adults are doing no better, often working 905 sedentary jobs, sitting while commuting, then being sedentary at home, too. The typical adult life does not even involve exercise as a necessity, and many Americans are not going to the gym or doing workouts as recreation even when they have the time. The issue is that this can be deadly, increasing risks of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. In fact, health problems associated with obesity rank second among causes of preventable death, right behind smoking. What to do?
Workouts and Good Diets
These rates of obesity can be curbed when Americans adjust their diet and work out as best as their physical condition allows. Anyone launching a serious new lifestyle of better eating and workouts is urged to first consult their doctor or physician to make sure that their regimen will not be too stressful on the body, and if the doctor gives approval, a person can begin. For one thing, someone intending to lose weight is strongly urged to cut all fast food and processed foods from their diet, to eliminate the associated added fats and sugars that rapidly add body fat. Such foods can be replaced with wholesome, organic and natural foods of all kinds, and this is not only great for weight loss and nutrition but can also open up whole new cooking and recipe ideas. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats like chicken and fish, eggs, dairy, wheat products (without enriched flour), and beans can make up this new diet, and in many cases, this can vastly improve a person’s nutrition and vitamins.
Workouts can be done at a gym with weights, cardio, or stationary bikes, whether alone or done in a class or with a personal trainer. Workout DVDs can guide a person’s workout at home, and they can ride bicycles, swim, play sports like soccer or basketball, or even learn a martial art to work out many different muscle groups and burn calories.