The National Center for Health Statistics has found that a quarter of all Americans get virtually no exercise at all, putting them at higher risk of having a heart attack, diabetes and cancer.Levels of education, income and marital status seem to affect whether or not someone exercises. 1 in 4 adults with an advanced degree do high levels of exercise compared with only 1 in 7 with less than a school diploma. Men are more likely to exercise than women. People from the Southern States of America do the least exercise. The poorer you are the less exercise you do. Adults with incomes below the poverty level are 3 times less likely to exercise than adults in the highest income group. A German study from Cologne University Medical Center has found that physical exercise can be as effective as Viagra in dealing with erectile dysfunction.Over 80% of their participants with mild to medium circulatory problems reported better erections compared to 74% taking Viagra!If weight loss is a major part of your exercise program then your aim is to maximize the calories you burn up. This will depend on the amount of effort you put in. Examples are, brisk walking burns up 200 to 250 calories an hour, jogging-about 400-600, cycling 200-650.
Monitor your progress and reward yourself!
- Keeping up your motivation is essential.
- Exercise tones up your muscles, burns up calories, helps you lose fat from different parts of your body, not just the bits you are targeting and can increase your metabolic rate. If you think you will stick to your fitness regime if you combine it with a social outing then a health club or gym is for you. Think about rewarding yourself with special treats when you meet certain goals that you set yourself, i.e. 2a weeks sticking to a fitness program, 4lbs weight loss, better body shape, etc., etc.
- Your biggest reward is a long term investment in health, longer life and greater well being.
- Men have more muscle. This allows them to burn more calories, even when at rest.
- Men’s bodies respond more quickly to exercise. Women’s bodies, meanwhile, actually go into a sort of starvation mode, slowing the metabolism to hang onto more fat.
- Women may have a lower tolerance for exercise. Women have smaller lung capacity than men, which can make women feel as though they are working harder than men even if the women are working at the same level. This can also make exercise feel harder in the heat or high humidity.