CHASING
THE BALANCE
Learn how to lean out and drop it like it's hot.

SMALL CHANGES = BIG BENEFITS

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
April 20, 2018
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Nudge the needle just a bit on that dreaded frenemy "the scale" and you'll reap some major benefits!

Sometimes we fall off the exercise wagon. Work, family and other obligations to get in the way, and taking care of ourselves goes by the wayside.

Make a promise to yourself to set aside time for exercise. It can make a major difference in your health.

 

LOSE A LITTLE, GAIN A LOT

Dodge Diabetes: When you’re overweight – even by just a couple of pounds – your body has trouble metabolizing sugars properly. A study at the Colorado School of Public Health, found that for every 1% of weight lost (approx 2 lbs), obese subjects’ odds of Type 2 diabetes dropped by 16%!

Increase your fertility: Research from the University of Sheffield showed that overweight women who shed just 15% of their body weight (about 9 lbs), increased blood flow to their womb by 19%, greatly improving ovulation and fertility.

Ease those aching joints: Every pound of excess weight (over your recommended body weight), puts an extra 3 – 6 lbs of stress on your knees while walking or jogging. Losing that weight significantly cuts your risk for osteoarthritis.

Protect your heart: Overweight individuals who lost 15 lbs or more reduced their risk for hypertension by as much as 28%. “Weight loss lowers pressure within your blood vessels, putting less strain on your heart.” Says Lynn Moore, D.Sc., associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

 

ON THE FLIP SIDE:

Too thin? Gain a bit and LIVE LONGER: Underweight women who have a body-mass index below 18.5 have a higher risk than overweight women of dying from non-cancer and non-heart related causes like pneumonia and Parkinson’s Disease, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you’re underweight you may not have the nutrients needed to heal yourself properly, leading to increased illness.

Set attainable goals for yourself. Start with one day a week and increase slowly. Walking just 30 minutes, 3 times a week as your goal makes a big difference! Keep a diary of your progress – food and exercise–to keep track of where you’re headed and before you know it you’ll be looking and feeling great!

 

 

 

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