Move It Or Lose It | Personal Training Bellevue

Move It!

The old adage of ‘use it or lose 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 lose 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 led 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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