Move It! | Women's Fitness Kirkland and Bellevue

The old adage of ‘use it or loose it’ should become our national motto.  There are over 35 chronic diseases and health conditions that can be prevented by regular exercise and physical activity.  92% of adolescents and 95% of adults in the US do not meet minimum guidelines for physical activity.  Currently, 34.9% of adults are obese, with 50% obesity predicted for the year 2020, if our current situation goes unchanged. Research now stresses that regular physical activity, NOT a drug or a pill, is the best way to combat ‘sedentary death syndrome’ (SeDS): chronic, potentially life threatening disease caused by inactivity.

Had I not begun exercising to loose my post baby weight I would no doubt be experiencing many of the problems in the ‘consequences’ section, as up to that point I’d lead a pretty sedentary existence.  Lucky for me, after 2 years of aerobic classes and circuit training that didn’t change my shape or weight, someone lead me into the free weight room. Wow!! What a difference!  I can’t say enough good about the benefits of resistance training.  I’ve been doing this for 30+ years, and I’m not stopping anytime soon.

After you read both charts, take a moment to step back and look at your own life.  Are you getting enough movement on a daily basis?  Which do you choose: consequences or benefits?  It’s up to you ~ your life depends on it!  

Consequences of Physical Inactivity

Weak immune system

Sarcopenia & loss of strength

Proneness to visceral (abdominal) obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome

Reduced wound healing

Higher risk of Alzheimers, dementia, depression and anxiety

Higher risk of breast, endometrial and colon cancer

Decreased function of joints, ligaments and tendons

Increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Hypertension, elevated LDL cholesterol

Higher risk of stroke and heart disease

Loss of coordination and balance (leading to higher risk of falls/fractures)

Benefits of Resistance Training

Slowing of sarcopenia (age related muscle loss)

Improvement in insulin sensitivity and glycemic control

Heightened cognitive abilities

Increase in Resting Metabolic Rate (weight loss/weight control)

Enhanced physical function in daily living

Better management and control of depression

Improvement in blood lipid profile (lower triglycerides, higher HDL and lower LDL cholesterol)

Increase in bone mineral density

Improvement in self esteem and self confidence

Improvement in resting systolic & diastolic blood pressure

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