Answers For YOUR Health

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Stop Disease in its Tracks

with Fitness and Exercise

Exercise can prevent disease. A proven fact, and yet more Americans than ever are suffering from obesity. Even if you believe the new research that claims to demonstrate that obesity is connected to a specific virus, you must still take the cure into your own hands. Fitness and Exercise are your primary antiviral agents. Being over weight has become an American way of life. Many point to sedentary lifestyles, working in front of computers, and watching too much television as a primary cause of the increasing obesity rate. In addition, many Americans eat diets high in fat and carbohydrates.


Whatever the root causes fitness and exercise can be a major part of the cure for this problem. Fitness and exercise help control blood sugar. A diabetic who takes medication daily may find that less medication is needed with a regular exercise program. Diabetics who stay with a good fitness – that is your daily diet and exercise program may find that they are able to quit the medication and get their diabetes under control in a totally natural way.

High triglycerides are linked to heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Again we go to a natural way to reduce your level of triglycerides by simply beginning and sticking with a fitness and exercise program, while eating a sensible diet. Triglycerides at too high a level are also linked to high blood sugar, and it is common for diabetics to have high triglyceride levels.

Just getting active can help a person lose weight, control triglyceride levels and improve diabetes. Of course, a good diet rich in vegetables and fruits, foods that aren't fried, and limited starches play a big role in your health. How can you feel like going out and being active if your stomach is stuffed with heavy food?

Do more than just encourage your children and grand children to go out and play. Go outside with them. Take a walk around the block. Go to the park and swing and slide. Shoot some hoops. Have the kids help in your garden.

Children have all that energy. Why, because we feed them proper healthy food, we insist that they get an appropriate amount of rest, and they do not suffer from the depression of another day lived in an overweight and aging body. Children have little sense of time. Every day is a new day with new things to learn and new sights to see. They have enthusiasm. It is the adults who perpetuate the cycle of be still and eat everything on your plate.

Our parents, bless them, were over worked and under paid, just as we now are. They welcomed the TV because it got the children, that is us, out from under foot but they still knew exactly where we were. Now with all the fears about bad things happening to our children, we focus so much on knowing where our children are and we certainly don't want them out running around the streets.

The by product of all those fears when we were growing up has left us as adults that watch TV when we eat. We eat processed foods that we nuke in the microwave. We hang clothes on the treadmill. We hire someone to mow the yard.

Americans are living in a country with the highest income, the highest expenditure on medical care, the highest spending on luxuries and fast food and the highest rate of obesity. We spend millions on fancy bottled water to drink with our brand name diet TV microwaved meals. Everyone talks the fitness and exercise program, but few do the fitness and exercise life style.

If you are overweight, and especially if you are obese, or if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, then listen to your doctor and begin a regular fitness and exercise program. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. It just has to get your body moving. Like a baby learning to walk, start with just little steps. Pick up some 2 pound hand weights. Measure a mile from your house and then start walking that mile. Enjoy the scenery and use the time to quiet your mind. 



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(c)copyright 2006 Answers For Your Health published by Sharon Owen.  You want answers to your health questions in plain english not doctor speak.  For more on your home gym just go to Your Home Gym



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