Why Weightlifting May Be Key To Avoiding Obesity

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Obesity results from energy discrepancy: too many calories in, too few calories burned. A number of factors have an influence on how many calories (or how much “energy”) people burn each and every single day, among them, age, body size as well as genes. However the most variable factor – and the most easily adapted – is the amount of activity which people get each day.

Remaining active can help people stay at a healthy weight or lose the weight that they want to. It can also decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis in addition to certain cancers, as well as reduce stress and increase mood. Inactive (or, in other words sedentary) lifestyles do just the opposite.

In spite of all the health benefits of physical activity, individuals worldwide are doing less exercise – at work, at home, and as they travel from place to place. All over the world, about one in three people gets little, if any, exercise. Physical activity levels are declining not just in wealthy countries, such as the U.S., however also in low- as well as middle-income countries, such as China. As well as it’s clear that this decline in physical activity is a very significant contributor to the worldwide obesity epidemic, and in turn, to blossoming rates of chronic disease everywhere.

Lifting Weights A Few Times A Week May Help Us Stave Off Obesity

This is according to an interesting new study of resistance training and body fat. It shows that individuals who complete muscle-strengthening exercises – of any kind – regularly are about 20 to 30% less expected to become obese over time as opposed to people who do not, if they also work out aerobically or not.

The findings show that weight training could be more important for weight control than a lot of us may expect, and a little lifting now may keep us lighter, later. Ireland has one of the highest ratio of obesity in Europe, with 60% of adults and more than one in five children and young people living with overweight and obesity.

The most successful way to deal with obesity is perhaps to prevent it. In addition, regular exercise may help in that regard. Many studies demonstrate that people who walk, jog, cycle, swim or otherwise work out aerobically often tend to gain less weight with age as opposed to sedentary people and are at lower risk of becoming obese.

RDA Of Physical Activity

Being moderately active for no less than 30 minutes a day on most days of the week may assist to lower the risk of chronic disease. However to stay at a healthy weight, or to lose weight, most individuals will require more physical activity-at least an hour a day in order to counteract the effects of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, as well as the powerful societal influences which encourage overeating.

Keep in mind that remaining active is not just an individual choice: The so-called “built environment” – buildings, neighbourhoods, transportation systems, and other human-made elements of the landscape – influences how active people are.

Individuals are more prone to be active, for instance, if they live near parks or playgrounds, in neighbourhoods with sidewalks or bike paths, or sufficiently close to work, school, or shopping to safely travel by bike or on foot. Individuals are less likely to be active if they live in sprawling suburbs which are designed for driving or in neighbourhoods without recreation opportunities.

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