Prior to the 1900s, when people ate the food they raised on their farms and were working hard to make the land prosperous, there was no obesity epidemic like today. Heart disease and diabetes were practically nonexistent. Fast forward to today and heart disease is the number one killer of people in developed nations like the United States. Moving away from laborious farm work to assume a new couch potato lifestyle has not done the human race any favors; rather, it has sparked a new wave of mass obesity that is responsible for so many preventable health problems. Unfortunately, these are not the only medically relevant disorders resulting from a modern sedentary lifestyle. The following are some ways a weight loss fitness program can help you to avoid these and other detrimental effects of a modern sedentary lifestyle.
If you thought the goal of a weight loss and fitness program was to simply drop a few extra pounds from around your belly, then you need to think again. When you get sick, your lymphatic system kicks into action and attempts to help remove things like viruses and bacteria from your body. Unfortunately, your lymphatic system does not have a heart to pump the lymphatic fluids through your body like your circulatory system does. The lymphatic system requires physical motion as the vehicle that drives the lymphatic fluid along.
Consequently, if you are not frequently moving around, but constantly glued to the couch, your lymphatic system cannot function properly to help keep you healthy and fit. So, one of the major benefits of a weight loss program that focuses on restoring the body to a healthy state of fitness is that the exercise needed to lose weight is the same exercise that is needed to help the lymphatic system operate as it was designed to function to rid our bodies of unwanted disease-causing agents.
By developing the healthy habit of exercising regularly, you will do much more than simply burn calories and help you get into a smaller pants size. A simple brisk walk every day is an easy way to improve your body’s insulin sensitivity. People with type two diabetes live in a state of insulin resistance, but to correct this metabolic problem, it is essential to engage in activities like walking to help the body switch from being insulin resistant to insulin sensitive. This transition will more efficiently control blood sugar spikes after a meal.
These are just a couple examples that you might not have initially thought of when it comes to how a weight loss fitness program can help you. Make an appointment at Access Family Physicians in Zionsville to learn more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!