Obesity in the United States is at an all time high and getting worse. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three in 10 adults are obese. And a recent study warned that three-quarters of all Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020.
Cutting calories, eating a plant-strong diet with five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and consuming less saturated fat may reduce your risk of several chronic diseases. Here are general nutritional guidelines men should follow:
But when it comes to obesity, diet is only half of the equation. You should also engage in regular physical activity to improve your overall health and sense of well-being. Even 20 minutes a day can help.
When you exercise, you’ll feel less stressed and sleep better. Physical activity will also improve your heart health, lower your cholesterol, strengthen your immune system, lower your risk of chronic disease and reduce your chances of developing depression and anxiety.
Maybe you’ve tried exercising before, though, and it got old fast. Then you just need to shake things up a little. Walk the dog or do yard work. Park your car farther away than usual or take the stairs, not the elevator. Find a new jogging, walking or biking route. Exercise with a friend or family member. And reward yourself when you achieve your fitness goals.
Be sure to check with your health care provider before beginning an exercise routine.ShareThis