Friday, January 17, 2014

Exercise is Still Important!

Ask any regular gym goer -- or gym employee -- and they'll speak ruefully of the January spike that hits early in the new year as many people try to enact their healthy lifestyle resolutions. However, the overcrowded gyms of January 2-31 inevitably give way to the sometimes nearly empty gymnasiums of early March, and the nation's epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and overall poor health continues.

Moreover, there's been a tendency recently to discount the effectiveness of physical activity for weight loss. Some experts opine that the impact of burning extra calories is muted by the human tendency to use exercise as an excuse or motivation for eating more.

While there may be some truth to this for a lot of us, we nevertheless have to insist that we would far better off far more people exercised more often -- at least in terms of the health consequences of the obesity epidemic, if not in terms of actually making an enormous dent in the general rate of obesity. Aside from its importance in terms of improving heart health and preventing strokes and numerous other health problems, it promotes a sense of well being while helping out with stress. Exercise is an important part of the kind of virtuous cycles we all need to develop to make important changes in our health.

Of course, most of you already know that reduced calorie diets and exercise by themselves are simply not doing the trick for countless severely obese individuals. If you want to explore the possibilities of weight loss surgery in California, please feel free to contact the office of Dr. Feiz & Associates at 310-855-8058.

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