Fat and Fit


Fat and fit

Fat and fit

Universal assumption maintains that fitness is based on body weight & that if you’re thin, you must be both fit & healthy. Though that may be a common belief, it’s not necessarily true. Without doubt, maintaining a healthy body weight is vital to your health & being overweight increases your risk for many serious health problems. But experts are exploring the possibility of being fit despite being overweight & it turns out that body weight & BMI (body mass index) aren’t always the best predictors offitness levels. In general, studies found that cardiovascular fitness was a better indicator of overall health than weight. In one study, fit, overweight people had a lower risk of death during eight years of follow-up than thin, unfit people.
Though it is possible to mitigate the effects of obesity through regular exercise that doesn’t mean you can be completely healthy. Studies have found that even among fit & fat people, the more overweight you are, the greater your risk of death than people who are less overweight. But exercise certainly helps. Being physically fit probably protects a person against heart disease & stroke almost as much or as does maintaining a healthy weight. Weight doesn’t always equate to health or fitness. The best data available suggests that exercise can help particularly with prevention of chronic diseases & can certainly improve one’s cardiovascular health, too. Exercise has great  benefit in reducing the risk of diabetes & cardiovascular disease, which is very important for people to understand when they’re struggling to lose weight. Even if you don’t meet your ultimate weight loss goal you’re still helping your health & fitness levels.
Even small amounts of weight loss associated with regular aerobic activity can be associated with significant benefits when it comes to health. Some research suggests that weighing a bit more may actually be beneficial to health. Carrying a few extra kgs can actually decrease the risk of osteoporosis, since the extra weight helps to stress the bones, helping to increase bone density. Being underweight can actually have disadvantages, like increasing mortality risk as you age. Older adults who carry a few extra kgs have been shown to have a decreased mortality rate than underweight individuals the same age.
Researchers do not deny the very real health risks associated with obesity, but point out that the risks aren’t uniform across all people who are overweight. There are many ways to measure physical fitness. Here are some simple ways to determine your fitness level: A basic test is seeing if you can climb two or three flights of stairs without stopping. Another good measure of fitness is if you can exercise comfortably for 30 to 60 minutes, the current recommendations for regular physical activity. More in shape you are, the lower your resting heart rate will be. If your heart rate elevates above the target heart rate zone after only walking for five minutes, you may have poor cardiovascular fitness levels. If it takes 10 to 15 minutes before you reach this heart rate level, you may have good cardiovascular fitness.
Treadmill tests, performed in a medical setting, are a more sophisticated method of determining cardiovascular fitness. Regardless of weight, it is important to work on staying fit & healthy. If you’re unsure of how to begin a fitness plan, talk to your doctor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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