Maintaining a Healthy Weight

One of the many reasons people exercise is to maintain a healthy body weight. Weighing too much (or too little) can be very harmful to your health. But what is a healthy body weight? The answer to that question depends on many factors, including your age, gender, height, body type and shape, health, and overall fitness.

Increasingly, our society is becoming obsessed with body weight and image. Many of the images we see on TV, in magazines, in films, and elsewhere stress the importance of an 'ideal' body that is often very unrealistic or even impossible. While it is important to remember that maintaining a healthy weight can lead to a healthier lifestyle, its also important to remember that people's "natural" weight and body shapes vary greatly. Not everyone will be able to look model thin or muscle-man toned, no matter how often they exercise and how carefully they watch their diet.

Behaving in unhealthy ways (for example going on extreme diets, having an extreme exercise program, or taking unprescribed medicines or supplements) to try to change your body can do more damage than good. You should work with your doctor or healthcare provider to figure out what your healthiest body weight should be. Remember, that weight depends on many things, including whether you are male or female, your age, your height, and if you have any health issues. Losing weight can improve your health in many ways. Just losing 10% of your current weight can make a difference in the way you feel on a daily basis. Here are some other ways losing weight will benefit your health:

  1. Increased energy level

  2. Lower your cholesterol levels

  3. Reduce your blood pressure

  4. Reduced aches and pains

  5. Improved mobility

  6. Improve your breathing

  7. Help you sleep better and wake more rested

  8. Prevention of angina, chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart

  9. Decreases your risk of sudden death from heart disease or stroke

  10. Prevention of Type 2 diabetes

  11. Improved blood sugar levels

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