Someone once told me that “You can’t dance sitting on your pants.” Never before were those profound words so true. Inactivity is attacking the American waistline, frontline and of course; if you read the title of this blog; their bottom line too!
Now I’m not going to go into all the grossed out ways of how a person might acquire this unfortunate and very uncomfortable problem. But let’s just say that two of the main reasons are because of excessive weight and prolonged sitting and standing.
Can it be cured?
If you read any newspaper, watch any television special report, glance at any magazine you will come across some notice of the fatness of America. Skyrocketing rates of obesity are being found among all groups of Americans. Children, the poor, and minorities, have become a major public health concern due to this every expanding crisis.
The only real cure comes from within. A person has to need to feel healthy…they have to want to become more active…they have to feel deep down in their bones that exercising can and will be their best outcome for a long and healthy life.
Physical inactivity is a choice people make. It is not because someone is “big boned”…it’s not because they have bad genetics…and it’s not because they can’t seem to refrain from opening the refrigerator door time after time.
Research backs me up on this.
According to research done at Cornell University on why some people get fat while others don’t is because compared with thinner people, they snack more often during the day and move about a lot less.
An article in the Los Angeles Times stated that stress, pollution, lack of sleep, too many medications, high-fructose corn syrup, mom’s health habits while pregnant, less smoking could be excuses for it.
Either way, the situation has become an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. It also made mention of the fact that 33 percent of American women are obese.
Are we eating too much?
It would be so easy to say that people become overweight all the time because they can’t seem to keep bad foods out of their mouths. Come on, think of it…McDonalds has sold over two billion hamburgers…Denny’s is advertising on Super Bowl Sunday for their high quality breakfast…Krispy Kreme is having a race asking people to stuff their faces with donuts while they run…and Starbucks has always been a magnet for the walking zombies needing a four to five hour “buzz” in the morning.
The nation’s poor diet has long been a scapegoat to the overweight critics. But I don’t think that’s the real problem
Get out from behind your desk.
My thoughts on the expansion of America’s waistline may have more to do with the increasingly sedentary lifestyles than the quality of their diets.
People need to be more active…all the times. Being a fitness professional, I would encourage people to pick up a weight or two and exercise. But just making even a little bit of an effort to refrain from the conveniences we all love might be even a better start.
If you’re going to the supermarket or the mall…don’t try to get the best parking space. Allow yourself to walk a little bit more.
If you always take an elevator or escalator, take the stairs next time.
Encourage your family and friends to do things with you that don’t require you to sit in front of your television all the time.
The answer lies within you. I can’t make you do things, nor would I try. If you are happy with the way you are, the way you look and they way you feel…well…that’s great.
But if you are always feeling sluggish, tired of looking in the mirror wishing for the body you once had, too embarrassed to wear form fitting clothes or just not please with how you are…there’s only one thing to do.
It’s time to get off your ass and do something about it!
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