With many jobs in the developed world performed using computers, individuals often spend extended periods seated at their desks, staring at screens. In fact, the average American worker spends roughly ten hours per day sitting down—a dangerous habit, since prolonged sitting is “associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems,” according to a 2015 Washington Post article. Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in America, killing 1.2 million per year.
For many of us, the number on the scale starts creeping up with age. Fortunately, there are some easy measures that anyone can take to reverse weight gain, and these small strategies add up! Based on several university studies and advice from Joel DuBose, a certified personal trainer with DuBose Fitness Center, here are some recommendations for beginning a healthier lifestyle today:
In a 2015 USA Today article, Nicole Auerbach reported, “We are in the midst of a fitness explosion; working out—or looking good while working out—has never been trendier.” People have become famous for sharing diet and personal training tips through their websites and apps like Instagram, with legions of followers willing to take their recommendations in search of the “perfect body.” In fact, with all of the (frequently, conflicting) advice out there just a short Google search away, many consumers are experiencing information overload. However, decisions regarding one’s diet and exercise plan should be taken very seriously. Following the wrong personal training advice can be hazardous to one’s health—ending in injury, hospitalization, or even death!
As we enter the first weeks of 2016, millions of Americans are striving to keep their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat right, and obtain healthier bodies. Many will join gyms in an effort to reach their goals—in fact, 12% of new gym memberships begin in January of each year.However, without the knowledge of how to properly use the equipment, which exercises to perform, and how often to do them, many of these individuals become frustrated and quit. According to some studies, 60-80% of gym-goers drop their memberships or stop going within the first eight months of signing up. Most give up within just three months!
At some point in their lives, many people join a gym or fitness club. It’s often prompted by not liking how their clothes fit or the way they look in the mirror. Some might purchase their gym memberships in preparation for a major life event like a wedding, to try a new fitness craze they’ve read about, or to tag along with friends.Others are seeking to establish a routine for a longer, happier life or to channel their stress into a healthy outlet. Doctors will also sometimes recommend that their patients start a diet and exercise regimen to combat medical concerns like high cholesterol, excessive weight, or high blood pressure.