We are a nation with a gut. The US is one of the fattest countries in the world. We eat too much, sit too much, and exercise too little.
|Rank||Country||% Overweight or Obese|
|2.||Federated States of Micronesia||91.1|
|18.||United Arab Emirates||68.3|
|20.||Trinidad and Tobago||67.9|
Source: World Health Organization
If you have accepted your spare tire like most Americans, you get to look forward to an increased risk of:
• Heart Disease
It’s sad but true: companies avoid hiring overweight people. Airlines are now requiring some people to purchase two tickets. Samoa Air went one step further and charges people based on their weight.
THE #1 EXCUSE: People do not have time to exercise.
I understand. If you have a time-consuming job, stay home with your children, work two jobs, are in school, etc. it’s hard to find the time for fitness. And of course with an intense television schedule it’s hard to find the time and motivation (yes, that was sarcastic).
You might not be able to get to the gym, but you can stand up, stretch, breathe deeply and sit back down! Recently there has been a plethora of articles on how sitting wreaks havoc on our bodies. I like the info graphic called Sitting is Killing You. More and more people are buying standing desks, or sit stand desks, or even treadmill desks!
MY RECOMMENDATION: Fit in fitness wherever and whenever you can.
You do not need a fancy desk to incorporate fitness into your office routine. I have been working on a video series with exercises you can do at your desk/office. If you cannot get away from the desk/computer/television, fit a few of these exercises in throughout the day. Check out Suite Series Part II below. If you can repeat the simple circuit three times throughout the day, that will be a great start. The industry standard line: Before starting this or any other exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor.
I know some people have trouble standing or cannot stand at all. There are a number of exercises you can do seated as well:
• Wrist circles, clockwise and counter clockwise;
• Knee lifts, simply lift your foot a few inches off the ground;
• Shoulder rolls, lift your shoulders up, back and down; and
• Belly breathe, fill your stomach up with air and slowly exhale.
There are a lot of desk exercises on the web. If you have a favorite, please send it my way. firstname.lastname@example.org