In recognition of Childhood Obesity month Body Xchange would like to share some information to bring awareness to some of the risks and also provide a helpful guide that may assist children of all ages to lead a healthier lifestyle.
A full 17 percent of children in this country has already passed the stage known as pleasingly plump and arrived at what most medical professionals view as a serious medical condition.
We know that childhood obesity can lead to higher risk of:
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Disorders of the joints and bones.
- Sleep apnea.
- Heart disease.
- High cholesterol.
- Elevated blood pressure.
Anyone who lives in a desert climate knows how high the temperatures can go. Some like to say that anything under 100 degrees feels akin to a cold snap. That may be true, but if you play your cards right, the weather shouldn’t stop you from exercising outdoors. There are, however, right and wrong ways to do it.
The Importance of Water to Your Outdoor Workouts
If you want to get your exercise outdoors in hot weather, water is something with which you must develop a close relationship. It should be nothing but water, though. Beer and soda may taste great at the time, but when it comes to hydration, neither of them will do the trick.
When it comes to the right amount of water, there are various schools of thought. Red Cross communications director Andrea McCauley states that everyone should consume a quart of room-temperature water both before and after exercising and one or two cups every 20 minutes during the workout regardless of whether they do or do not feel thirsty. Read More ▸
As many of our regulars already know, the fight against diabetes is especially near and dear to the hearts of all of us here at Body Xchange. We understand the devastating effects of this disease, and we appreciate the talents of proper eating and appropriate medication in controlling blood glucose levels. Nevertheless, an effective treatment plan will include another component: exercise. The truth is that when it comes to keeping diabetes in check, those who make a point of staying active and fit are already ahead of the game.
Diabetes has two identifying hallmarks: abnormal carbohydrate metabolism and excessive levels of glucose in the blood. There are various reasons for this. In some cases, the body is unable to produce insulin in sufficient amounts to process the excess sugar. Then, there are the people who do produce enough insulin but whose bodies are unable to properly use it.
The beauty of exercise is its ability to reduce the levels of glucose in the blood, and it will do this regardless of the underlying reason behind the condition. That’s because when your muscles are under stress, they look to sugar for the energy they need to keep performing. They get this sugar from the blood and immediately work to burn it, causing blood glucose levels to naturally subside. As an added benefit, exercise can boost the body’s ability to utilize the insulin it already has, thereby increasing its effectiveness. Read More ▸
Are you planning a getaway any time soon? Maybe your employer is sending you to an out-of-state office, or family responsibilities have called you across the country. It could even be a vacation. Regardless of the reason behind it, traveling for any length of time often means you’ll be leaving more than just your friends and family. You could also be putting your exercise routine into temporary limbo, and if that’s the case, your body might have some complaining to do.
Of course, if you’re going on your dream cruise or staying at a five-star hotel, you shouldn’t have a problem. Such venues will normally provide you with excellent workout facilities, often attached to spas. Unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky. It’s possible that the place where you find yourself hanging your hat offers nothing better than a beat-up treadmill and a bench that’s older than the building itself. What will you do then? Read More ▸
Sometimes, decay appears to be an unavoidable fact of life, particularly if you look in a full-length mirror after staying away from the gym for three months or more. In addition to having lost muscle tone, you will likely have piled on a few more pounds than you realized. It’s time to face one unpleasant fact: If you want to get back into shape, you’ll have to do more than return to the gym. You’ll also have to start watching what you eat.
Luckily, the combination of exercise and good nutrition can get you back in shape before you know it. Just make it a point to:
- Start thinking of fast food as poison. Given its overload of salt, fats and calories, this might not be far from the truth.
- Make brown-bagging a habit. Pack a high-protein chicken or turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mustard rather than mayonnaise. Throw in an apple or banana as well in case you’re in need of a snack. This type of lunch will leave you feeling slim and energetic, unlike that greasy burger that was never your friend in the first place.
- Refrain from skipping meals. The practice will only lead to binging later. Instead, put yourself on a three-meal-a-day schedule with morning and afternoon snacks of fruit or yogurt in between. This will help you lose weight while putting the brakes on potential hunger pains.
- Just say no to french fries. You’re better off with a salad instead. Just be sure to ask for the dressing on the side, and remember: Eating food from your dinner partner’s plate will pile on the calories just as fast even if your friend is paying for them.
- Concentrate on working those abdominals. A focus on strengthening this region will do more than just beef up the muscles. It will also serve as a reminder to keep them in shape by eating right and avoiding fattening foods.
- Stop drinking soda altogether.