Obesity isn’t a new problem and not unique to just the UK. The world is getting bigger and there are more obese people globally than there are undernourished people. Over the years the number of people who are clinically obese has dramatically increased. Furthermore, they are predicted to keep rising. What hasn’t helped is there has been an increased intake of energy-dense foods and a decrease in physical activity.
The associated medical problems that come with obesity are frightening.
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease and stroke
- joint and back pain
- asthma symptoms
- fertility and menstrual problems
- some types of cancer
People don’t usually die from obesity but from related illnesses. But by just losing small amounts of weight can not only reduce your chances of getting a number of health conditions but make you feel mentally better.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if exercise could be given as a pill? It would be one of the most cost affected drugs ever invented. So we need to encourage physical activity as it plays an important role in someone’s weight loss journey. Most importantly it is key to maintaining long-term weight management.
Today is World Obesity Day. Consequently, we look at how we can encourage people to exercise, especially those that have concerns about their weight.
Where do we start?
Let’s face it many of us may have gained a few pounds over the Christmas holidays. Most people put their diet goals off until February. When it comes to losing weight it’s hard to even know where to start. Where to find the motivation, some of us lack the confidence to join a class or exercise group. Look online, there are some helpful forums that can give good advice and support for families. Perhaps just start walking and make it your goal to eventually achieve 10,000 active steps a day. If you’re into data then download an app to help. There are so many to choose from, it’s a fun way of tracking your level of activity.
Group exercise including our own FLexercise classes will give you a sense of community. You will feel a part of something special. At FLexercise we welcome everybody and we are all different shapes, sizes and levels of fitness. We combine a friendly, social atmosphere, dynamic moves and great music. Mostly exercise has to be fun otherwise we won’t stick to it.
A fitness class can be intimidating for someone who is larger than most but it’s important to start somewhere. Our teachers will welcome you and make you feel inclusive. At your classes, you don’t have to wear the latest fitness gear, or look like the Kardashians! You can be just you and wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You have nothing to worry about as our classes are friendly and safe. This time of year you’ll probably meet likeminded people. Remember its always important to check with your GP before embarking on a new exercise regime.
It’s your body and only you can make it move. Whatever floats your boat make that commitment in 2020 to be a fitter healthier you. Just do it!