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Do you consider yourself to be physically active? Do you regularly spend 45-60 minutes a day for at least 3 days a week exercising? If you answered no to these questions, don’t feel bad you are part of the 48% of Canadians age 12 and over who are insufficiently physically active to benefit their health. As part of this group you could be another figure in the total annual economic burden of physical inactivity, which is estimated at $5.3 billion for direct and indirect costs of lost productivity due to premature death and disability, which includes the treating of chronic diseases such as stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and an increase overall risk of premature mortality. Physical inactivity has higher population prevalence at 48% compared to that of smoking at 22% and hypertension at 15%, making for that half our population is physically inactive and for every
person who smokes, there are two more that are inactive. Being physically inactive is the biggest and most major modifiable risk factor of the biggest epidemic in the world today, Obesity.

As a sedentary individual, your muscles begin to become metabolically insufficient, which decreases a person’s metabolism. Since your metabolism is your fat burning source, if it is not running sufficiently then a person will begin to develop fat cells in the body, which then creates body fat. As well if your muscles are metabolically insufficient, the body becomes fatigued more easily because oxygen and blood is not flowing to the muscles as efficient
as it should which could lead to a person being tired while being “overweight” so easily.

Is there a difference between the number of men and women in today’s society that is obese? No, there are actually a similar number in that 26% of men and 25% of women are considered to be obese in today’s society. Based on the Body Mass Index scale (weight(kg)/ height(m2)), there is a small difference in people who are considered to be overweight, with 44% of males and 31% of females being classified in this category. With these percentages it is to be noted that 70% of males and 56% of females are either obese now, obese before or could be on the path of becoming obese. A healthy BMI is considered to be between 20-25 on the BMI Scale, but this scale is a basic measurement that doesn’t take into account other factors such as muscle mass, which is heavier than fat mass.

Even with the hardships that obesity brings to the general population, there is a solution that can change your fortunes. Adopting a physically active lifestyle is considered to be a key strategy in reducing obesity in which 30 minutes of physical activity provides a range of health benefits. But if you are like the majority of the population, and want to loss weight, then this level of activity is unlikely to induce significant weight loss for a substantial proportion of adults living in today’s obesigenic environment. To accomplish weight loss, it will involve 60 minutes sessions at least 3 days a week in that weight training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training takes place. While doing these activities, you will need to overload your body’s system at least once so that there is improvement of some sort and you get the full potential of your physical activity. Weight training is a key component in that

it makes your muscles metabolically efficient which in turn get your fat burning mechanisms a running and burning fat in the body.

The benefits from being physically active is a long list that include a longer life expectancy, increased immune system, decreased blood pressure and more importantly an increase in self esteem. So the final questions for you to ask yourself are, would you rather find time in your lifestyle to get some physical activity to benefit your health? Or would you rather be another figure in the $5.2 billion economic burden in Canada?

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Weight, weight, weight! So many people get so obsessed with weight, but the problem is that a scale doesn’t give you the entire picture. You can have quite a bit of fat on your body and weigh less than an athlete who has more muscle – the reason – because fat weighs less than muscle. With that said it’s good to have some form of measurement to help you stay focused with your weight loss efforts. Let’s take a closer look at safe weight loss tips...

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