Fitness and Weight Management
Walk Your Way to Health
All of us are aware of the benefits of physical activity to remain fit. However the physical activity need not be anything strenuous or complicated, something as simple as a regular brisk walk has huge health benefits.
Emotional Eating: What makes you overeat?
Emotional eating is eating large quantities of food which are usually ‘comfort’ or ‘junk’ foods. Instead of responding to the appetites, people eat in response to their emotions.
Understanding Binge Eating
Binge eating is an eating disorder where a person overeats on a regular basis. It includes periods of excessive eating.
Emotional Eating : The Culprit
Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Many studies suggest that 75% of overeating is the result of emotional eating.
Basics of Weight Control
In order to lose weight you need to eat healthy foods and include physical activity regularly. It is important to maintain a healthy weight as it plays an important role in maintaining health and wellness. Studies have shown that being overweight or obese increases the risk of health problems like heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, and stroke.
Muscle Strengthening Activities
Muscle strengthening activities are important as they help you to increase the muscle mass in your body. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will be able to burn.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle groups, can be maintained continuously, and is rhythmic in nature."
Stretching and Balance Exercises
Exercises to improve your flexibility and balance are an important part of a beneficial fitness plan.
Experts Recommendation for Fitness
Experts recommend that every week you do one of the following:
1. Two and one half hours of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week. (Examples are walking briskly, badminton, cycling, and gardening)
2. One hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity. (Examples are race walking, jogging, running, single tennis, and aerobics.)
Behavior Changes to Help Lose Weight
People who lose weight gradually and steadily are more successful in maintaining the weight. Healthy weight loss is an ongoing lifestyle which includes long term changes in eating habits and exercise habits.