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Complete exercise program treats ‘disease’ of obesity

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You never know what the AMA will decide is good or bad for you.  Caffeine, chocolate, and wine are currently in favor (in moderation, of course).  White carbs, smoking cigarettes (curiously, in some states, pot-smoking is OK, though growing weed isn’t), fast foods, and cold drinks are out of favor.  Coca-Cola is running ads that say portion control is everyone’s responsibility.  So the stage is set for the next great debate- how to manage the expanding waistlines of Americans.

I think we’d all agree that weight is a concern for most people.  Currently, almost 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children are classified as obese, not just overweight, but obese.  Here at the gym, the number one fitness goal for most people is weight loss.  Nearly every magazine at the checkout counter features articles on “how to get the abs you want in 2 weeks.”  Millions of dollars are spent every year on weight loss pills, surgeries, diet plans, nutritional supplements, and DVDs designed to get you in shape.  Still, Americans grow larger year by year; young adults and children are becoming plagued by middle-age diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

With those issues in mind, the AMA recently declared obesity an illness, hoping perhaps that Americans will take more seriously the complications that obesity drives.  Surely by now we should all know that obesity contributes to heart disease and high cholesterol, puts one at a higher risk for stroke and some forms of cancer, aggravates bone and joint problems, and contributes to low back pain.  The good news about obesity as an illness is the hope that people will begin to take weight control seriously.  Hopefully, each of us will begin to make better food choices and pay attention to portion size.

Hopefully, each of us will begin to recognize the difference that a complete exercise program can make in one’s life.  There are so many options available for a person who is committed to making a change.  I know it’s hard to start, but start- visit a gym (come see me at Spectrum!) and see what’s out there.  Getting started in an exercise program is hard enough; trying to do it at home is nearly impossible.  For many people, classes offer camaraderie, accountability, and fun while sweating off the pounds; also, a group of people all working out energize the whole group and offer motivation when the going gets tough.

Try something, it’s too important not to.  Till next time- hope to see you at the gym!

Judy Troth has been the Program
Coordinator at Spectrum Fitness Zachary for 8
years and teaches a variety of classes including:
Group Power, Group Active, Silver
Sneakers and Silver Sneakers Yoga. Contact
her at 1326 Church Street, 225-654-3800.