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Obesity Genes

Is there an obesity exercise which can help teens overcome "obesity genes"?
(August 8, 2011)

There are various exercises that one can take up to overcome the obesity genes and lose weight with one of them being brisk walking. In order to beat the obesity genes effectively one should walk for at least 30 minutes in a brisk manner on a daily basis. It is always recommended that one should do some light stretching and warm up before going on the walks and to gradually increase one’s time and pace depending on one’s progress. Walking is also known to help in toning the muscles, minimizing stress and controlling one’s appetite. Aerobic exercises can also be performed for overcoming the obesity genes as they tend to increase the heart rate and bring about significant muscle work.

Aerobic exercises would include low to moderate impact exercises such as swimming, walking, rowing and so on as well as  high impact exercises such as tennis, running, squash and dance exercises.
Submitted by N on August 8, 2011 at 01:29


What are good activities for obese people?

Regular physical activities for obese people are a must not only to reduce overall body weight but also to avoid health problems such as diabetes, heart problems, strokes, high blood pressure, arthritis, liver disease and several other complications. Some of the best physical activities for obesity include aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, cycling and swimming. These cardiovascular exercises help in strengthening the heart and enable it to work efficiently. The functioning of the blood vessels, muscles and lungs also improves and in turn helps in reducing weight and stress, builds stronger bones and improves overall endurance.

Regular aerobic exercises help in strengthening the muscles, improve mobility and also provide protection against joint injuries. Some of the other good physical activities for obese people include working out on weight machines, lifting weights and exercising with the help of elastic bands. These exercises not only help obese people burn calories but they also increase flexibility and muscle resistance. Regularly undertaking these kinds of physical activities for obesity also goes a long way in controlling cholesterol and high blood pressure problems. Problems like type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer and osteoporosis are common in obese people but can be avoided by exercising regularly.
Submitted by N on August 7, 2011 at 05:38


Can obese people jog?

Jogging for obese people might be slightly strenuous as compared for those with normal weight or those who are overweight. This is because the additional weight may put added pressure on the knees resulting in the person getting fatigued very soon. Jogging for obese people is very beneficial; however they should first start with some brisk walking so as to get their legs and overall body used to the activity. Jogging for obesity is known to be highly effective as tends to lower the blood pressure level, improve ones sleep and also lower the levels of bad cholesterol. This in turn will also minimize the risks of conditions like cancer and will result in the development of healthier and denser bones. While jogging for obesity one should listen to their body and if they feel breathless or too tired then they should stop and give their body a break. The key to jogging for obesity is to start at a slow pace initially. One should also keep in mind that there is sufficient challenge that will allow the body to become more efficient. Along with jogging for obesity one should also ensure that they follow a balanced diet and consume plenty of fresh drinking water in order to remain hydrated.
Submitted by N on August 4, 2011 at 04:41


Is swimming good for obesity?

Cardiovascular exercises such as swimming for obesity can definitely help an obese person shed some extra pounds. Although it may not be as effective as other exercises like walking or running it can still help obese people lose weight. Swimming boosts the body’s metabolism and in turn helps in burning more calories at a faster rate. Many doctors these days recommend swimming for obese people and children as it is a less strenuous but more enjoyable form of exercise. Sometimes exercise machines and equipments may not accommodate obese people but this is not so in the case of swimming.

Swimming pools are open to people of all sizes and can help you lose weight without any risks or health hazards. Swimming also eases the pressure on the joints in the body and as a result muscle injuries can be avoided to a great extent. Swimming for obese people is also a better way of burning more calories as the fat and adipose tissues in the body help obese people float and therefore swim more easily. While considering swimming for obesity you must keep in mind that it should be done everyday for at least 30 minutes with small breaks for good results.
Submitted by N on August 2, 2011 at 05:37


How obesity affects fitness?

Many studies have shown the direct relation between obesity and fitness. Obesity can affect several aspects of a person’s life and result in problems such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes and heart diseases. Fat deposits in the neck and tongue region can cause breathing disorders and sleep apnea. People who are obese have more fat deposits in their body as compared to normal healthy individuals. This means that their heart is under more stress and has to work harder to pump blood to all organs and parts of the body. This additional strain on the heart can result in heart attacks and other heart diseases.

On the other hand an increase in the number of cases of children suffering from conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and liver disease helps us to understand the relationship between childhood obesity and fitness. Factors such as nutrition, genetics and social environment all contribute towards child obesity in their own way. Although genetic factors cannot be controlled, nutritional requirements and physical activities can be taken care of to avoid childhood obesity. Along with healthy nutrition children must be encouraged to have a physically active life so that obesity and related fitness problems can be avoided.
Submitted by N on July 29, 2011 at 05:36


There is compelling evidence to prove that obesity is a multi-factorial disorder where both genes and lifestyle factors, including diet and eating habits, are contributors. What this means is that you cannot just blame your parents for unwanted weight gain. If your parents are obese, you are at increased risk of becoming obese yourself, but only if you neglect your diet and do not exercise. In addition to genetics, obesity that runs in families can also be caused due to behavioral factors. For example, if you grew up in a household where the emphasis was always on eating rich food and ample amounts of junk food, the chances are that you will continue to follow these dietary patterns unless you make a conscious effort to overcome them.

It’s true that genetics play a major role in our body’s development. You may be born with an obesity gene, but research has proven that you can negate its effect by regular exercise. Improving your food habits and exercise is the key to preventing long term growth of the consequences associated with obesity. Physical activity helps burn calories. The number of calories burned depends on the amount, intensity, and duration of the activity. Exercise with dietary changes can be an effective way to deal with obesity. Regular exercise and lifestyle changes help you maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

Exercise not only helps you lose weight but helps you remain healthy. Exercise helps you control your blood sugar. It also helps you reduce your cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of heart disease, and lowers blood pressure. When you exercise you generally do so to burn ‘fat’. However, because glucose is the body’s primary and preferred fuel, the body first utilizes glucose then fat. During the start of any exercise, the body utilizes stored glucose. When this stored glucose starts depleting, the body starts utilizing blood glucose. When body sugar level begins to dip, it turns to the liver, which converts glycogen into glucose to maintain normal body glucose levels. When the liver stores are used up, the body then uses the stored fat as its fuel.

When you are performing low to moderate intensity exercises, you need to perform them for an extended period of time.  For the first 20 minutes of low to moderate exercise, the body only burns stored glucose. After that it begins to burn a combination of glucose and stored fat. So, for effective weight loss, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes or more. This does not apply to high intensity exercises. Regular exercise also brings other changes into your body such as an increased ability to burn fat at the cellular level, an increase in the number of enzymes that burn fat, and increased muscle sensitivity to insulin.
Submitted by E L on June 23, 2010 at 12:39


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