With our modern day lifestyles, too often in the fast lane of daily activities that is accompanied by fast and processed foods, and the tendency to drink more alcohol than we should (can anyone say “new year’s eve”?), has led to a rise in obesity.
But there is one other factor that many people tend to overlook, and that is lack of exercise. Because many of us tend to live our lives in the fast lane, dashing hither and yon at 110 miles an hour, we think we just don’t have time to exercise. But it’s something that we should be making time for. Make this your 2014 new year’s resolution!
The obesity crisis and the publicity that it has received (not so much in Colorado…) have driven many people over to the “diet culture”. Certainly, eating a well-balanced, low-fat diet helps us prevent putting weight on. But in order to lose weight effectively, diet itself is simply not enough. We also need to develop an exercise regime, and in terms of weight loss, the best form of exercise is cardiovascular.
Your Metabolic Rate
Many exercises are designed to improve our muscles and sculpt our body. Cardiovascular exercise is targeted at increasing our body’s metabolic rate. Our metabolism dictates the rate at which our body burns off fat. By increasing this rate, we also increase the amount of fat we can shed.
So if you think about it, you could starve yourself to lose weight or you could train your body to burn more fat naturally. It is almost like you are losing weight while doing nothing at all. Who does not want that??
Cardiovascular exercise is aimed at the circulatory system. In other words it targets our heart, our lungs, and our blood vessels. By increasing the fitness of these body parts, our body becomes much more efficient, which not only means that we will become fitter, but it also means that we will have a higher resistance to heart attack and stroke. But the great thing about cardio is that it not only elevates our metabolic rate, but as long as we maintain our exercise activity on a consistent basis, our overall metabolism functions at a higher rate. Even while we are asleep our body will be burning fat!
The Secret to Health and Fitness
Cardiovascular exercises include walking, running, biking, skiing, hiking and swimming. All great things we do in Colorado! In fact, doing one or more of these sizes for as little as 15-20 minutes every day will raise your metabolic rate. It does not have to be overly strenuous. Doing regular cardio — and follow a low fat diet — will help to keep you fit and healthy.