What Can You Do To Stay Fat, Overweight or Obese?
Tens of millions of Americans are obese, and while figures have stabilized in recent years according to government findings, the numbers are still staggering. Poor dietary choices rank very high as a cause of obesity, but another factor is one that gets far less attention — is Americans’ increasing lack of physical activity.
In fact, a new study found that the average obese woman only gets one hour of vigorous exercise per year, while men don’t get much more… less than four per year. 1
The findings, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, stem from the tracking of participants’ movements over the course of a year. Researchers collected data regarding the amount of exercise participants engaged in and at what intensity levels.
Researchers defined vigorous exercise as jogging or other high-cardio-related, fat-burning exercises. For those who were considered extremely overweight, walking may be considered vigorous.
For women especially, researchers cited extremely busy lives as a major reason why they exercised so little. Between work, caring for children and sleep, they noted, women did not have much time in the day to devote to fitness.
“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, “We didn’t realize we were that sedentary. There are some people who are vigorously active, but it’s offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”
How to Begin an Exercise Program?
Finding the time to work in a fitness program is difficult in today’s busy world. But almost everyone has time for some sort of activity 3-4 times per week, if they really want to change their lifestyle. Here are some guidelines:
• Set a weight goal
• Take a before photo
• Don’t overdo it at first
• Don’t go it alone
• Pick something fun
• Don’t make excuses
• Clean up your diet
1. Edward Archer, Ph.D, December 2013 Mayo Clinic Proceedings