Being overweight can cause more than an uncomfortable feeling in clothes. There are significant health issues to consider, as well.
The Art of Weight-Loss
There was a time when losing weight and getting fit meant eating right and getting lots of cardio exercises. Today the fitness world and your success depend on more than that. You still need to eat the right foods and supply healthy nutrition to your body. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says you still need to get that heart rate moving and keep it moving for at least 15 minutes (preferably longer) each day, but you also need weights or resistance exercise even if you don’t want to build muscles the size of Mr. Olympia.
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Weights, Resistance and Your Body
Weight-bearing exercise is critical for overall fitness and that means picking up the weights from time to time. Research has shown that weight-bearing exercises just a few days a week may help dieters lose more weight and build bone density, according to the NIH National Resource Center.
There’s also resistance exercise for those who’re not ready to lift weights. You can start out using your body as resistance and move up to bands. Advanced programs like the P90X series use resistance bands in lieu of weights.
Remember to talk with your physician before starting with weights. While there is no age limit on weight lifting, each person’s medical history is unique and weights may not be an option for all people.
Your Health is Most Important
Being overweight is about more than how you feel about your body. Significant health issues have been associated with excess body weight. Lifestyle choices like smoking, lack of exercise and increased stress can all contribute to weight gain.