Wellness Tips for Fighting Obesity and Reclaiming Your Health - Written by Dana Brown
Obesity is a tough topic. Over 1 in 3 Americans are estimated to be overweight or obese and many more are at risk of developing obesity. However, this isn’t just a lifestyle choice. Many people are battling genetic issues that make them predisposed to gaining weight. If you’re struggling with obesity or weight gain that seems to creep up no matter what you do, it can feel devastating and hopeless. When you’re concerned for your health but your diet and exercise programs don’t seem to be working, what can you do?
If this sounds familiar, try not to despair or lose hope. Especially if you’re battling a genetic predisposition to weight gain, it is helpful to know that it’s not your fault. That being said, there are some things you can do to empower yourself by taking your health back into your own hands. Read on for our tips for taking action to fight obesity:
Do what you love. This doesn’t just apply to your workout; it’s advice for living life in general. When it comes to losing weight, however, don’t force yourself to stick with a diet or fitness routine that isn’t working for you. Instead, give yourself permission to participate in workout activities that you actually enjoy. Sometimes, this means simply trying new things.
As a personal example, I love to dance but I’ve never been coordinated enough to enjoy Zumba. After trying Nia, a barefoot movement technique that combines dancing with martial arts and even some meditation, I was hooked! Keep taking new classes and trying new things until you find the perfect blend of enjoyable, healthy activities that work for you.
Try something new. Before you can figure out what you love, you need to be willing to try new fitness activities. Think outside the gym. Go for a hike, walk or jog. If you’re a pet owner, bring your dog along for the journey. Dogs are great running buddies and many cities now offer dog-friendly yoga (or “doga”) classes. You might also enroll your pup in agility training, which is a healthy and fun activity for both of you.
Focus on wellness. Your health is about more than the number on the scale or the size of your clothing. It’s about your blood pressure. It’s about reducing your risk of stroke or heart attack. It’s about increasing your lifespan. It’s also about your mental and emotional health. As you incorporate daily self-care habits like the ones mentioned in this article, you’ll reduce stress, boost feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin, and start feeling happier, healthier, and more fulfilled each and every day
Get plenty of rest. I know what you’re thinking: sleeping doesn’t exactly help your body burn off the calories… or does it? According to Shape Magazine, there is a direct correlation to lack of sleep and increased weight gain. Because sleep has been linked to changes in your fat cells and your food cravings, the magazine has named sleep as the “number one most important thing” in any weight loss routine.
Eat a balanced diet. Weight loss is dependent upon a number of factors. If you’ve been hitting the gym and getting a good night’s sleep but your weight is still at a plateau, consider your diet. On that same note, if you’ve been starving yourself then your body might be shocked into survival mode, where it’s storing calories rather than burning them. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist to find the optimal diet and nutrition plan that works with your body rather than against it.
Dealing with obesity takes a lot of effort and can be frustrating at times but don’t give up. You are in control of your body as well as your lifestyle decisions. While fighting your genetics to lose weight can seem daunting at first, remember that any little bit counts. Celebrate the small victories. Even if you only had 10 or 15 minutes to work out today, that was 10 or 15 minutes that you devoted to your health and longevity. Keep it up and over time, you’ll start to develop healthier habits that promote increased weight loss.
About the author:
Dana is the creator of HealthConditions.info, which aims to provide Internet users with helpful content and resources that will lead them to making healthier decisions.
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