By Bill Kray
The lack of exercise can creep up on us in this digital age. Assembly line jobs have been relegated to countries like China and Taiwan. Desk jobs where people gaze for hours at computers contribute to a sedentary lifestyle.
Many attribute weight gain to sugar and fat intake; these are contributing factors. Dehydration from insufficient water consumption, particularly when paired with drinking diuretics containing caffeine or alcohol can slow metabolism. Suffice it to say, our battle with the bulge has several contributing factors.
More often, we respond to crisis situations. An unexpected surgery or emergency room visit can shock us into sauntering around the block or joining a local gym. Don't wait until your life is on the line. Heed early warning signs.
Reasons to Start Exercising
- Your shirt collar extender needs an extender.
- A belt is required to keep pants up that won't otherwise fasten.
- "Over 40" describes your waist measurement, not just your age.
- Your seat belt strap seems further away from the fastener.
- You misspell "waist not, want not" on purpose.
- You look for sales on trouser waist extenders.
- Your best foot forward is attached to someone else's leg.
- When looking just below your waist, people can't tell if you're coming or going.
- You can no longer fit your hands in your pockets.
- When you ask your seamstress to let your garment out, she opens the door.
You Keep Fat Cells
The average human body contains between 10 billion and 30 billion fat cells. If you gain a lot of weight, you can grow more fat cells (obese people may have as many as 100 billion). These cannot be lost (barring liposuction to remove physical cells). When you lose weight, you are shrinking the fat cells. But they will always be there—waiting to be refilled.
Visceral fat accumulates around organs and your midsection as opposed to just beneath the skin. It secretes biochemicals that increase your risk of heart-attack, stroke, liver failure, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Additionally, visceral fat inhibits a very important hormone called adiponectin that regulates metabolism in your body. The more visceral fat you have, the slower your metabolism will be, and so the more easily you gain more fat.
Control Metabolic Syndrome
According to the American Heart Association, out of every six people have metabolic syndrome. It is not a disease in itself. Instead, it's a group of risk factors – high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat. When combined, these risk factors (or symptoms) double your risk of blood vessel and heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. They increase your risk of diabetes by five times. Fortunately metabolic syndrome can be controlled, largely with lifestyle changes.
Cardiovascular training releases dizzying fatigue-causing toxins from our system through the sweat glands. So stop accumulating fat cells. For healthier skin and longer life, eat better, drink better, and maintain a regular exercise routine. More fitness motivation is available at MY fit body Pinterest board.