We all know by now that the obesity rate in this country is far higher than it ever should be.  However, it seems like this rate is increasing each year with no sign of slowing down unless we take our health into our own hands and begin to care for ourselves!  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation releases a report on the rates of obesity, and Type 2 diabetes in the United States. This summer they released a report from last year that showed obesity rates increased in 16 states, and to make matters even worse, there were no decreases in any state!  Not surprisingly they also found that the people who don’t do any exercise also increased in 14 states.  Obviously there is a correlation between lack of exercise and increasing obesity.

There have been numerous studies that have proven that obese people can reduce their risk of heart disease and premature death by exercising moderately for 150 minutes per week.  The most interesting part about that is they have also found that even if there were no decreases in weight from moderate exercise the health benefits remained the same!  So the fact of the matter is that people need to exercise moderately for 150 minutes per week, which is only equivalent to 22 minutes per day for health benefits even if weight loss is not a primary concern.

Obesity rates have been on the rise for a long time now, but I hypothesize that obesity, overweight, Type 2 diabetes, and other health related factors will rise even more due to more stress in people’s lives now.  We are all living through a very stressful economic time in this country, and people are letting their health go to the wayside as a result.  I felt compelled to write this article to get people to at least invest in themselves and their health even though times are tough for most right now.  Not only will exercise increase your quality of life, and your health, but it’s also a great stress reliever as well.  We are living in a time where many things are out of our control, such as the economy, but we will always have control of our health and well-being regardless of what is going on in the rest of the world.

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