Research indicates that over 45 million adults in the United States are overweight. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky over 63% are overweight, and 33% of those are obese! You are considered overweight if you weigh 10 pounds more that you should or have a Body Mass Index greater than 27; and are obese if you weight 30 pounds more than you should with a BMI over 30. One is considered to be morbidly obese if he weights 75 pounds more that he should.
Exercise helps the flow of oxygen to the cells, organs and tissues of the body. Exercise moves the lymph through the lymph system. Exercise strengthens the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons in the body. Without proper exercise the body loses its tone and strength, gains excess weight, and will deteriorate very quickly. Without sufficient exercise cells become weak, toxins accumulate, arteries clog, and heart, lungs and other internal organs begin to die.
There are two basic types of exercise that everyone needs, aerobic and resistance. Aerobic is anything that helps to increase the intake of oxygen. Walking, jogging, swimming, singing or doing deep breathing are some examples of this. Resistance exercise is any type that requires the muscles to expend more energy than normal. Going against the force of gravity is the resistance that causes the muscles to grow and be strengthened. You can do isotonic exercises in a doorway by pushing out and up against the door frame or pushing against a wall. You can do isometric exercises sitting in a chair by grasping hands and trying to pull them apart.
To exercise does not require a large outlay of money. You can use what you have in your house. For resistance exercises begin with a can of vegetables, or jug of water. Walk around your yard or street. Run in place. The main thing is to begin doing something! A resolution to exercise more is useless if not implemented!