by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
A high percentage of people in the United States are having a great deal with being able to maintain physically fit. Whether it is due to laziness, a busy day at work, wasted time on video games, or simply daydreaming.Physical fitness is maintained by a range of physical activities in which human factors and social predominance are an important role to start and maintain such activities. Social environments can influence motivation and persistence, through pressures towards social conformity.
The lack of being involved in physical activities has caused a huge problem for society members in the US and all around the world. This problem is called, “obesity.” Obesity is a physical marker of poor health, increasing the likelihood of various diseases. More than 1 million adults are overweight, and more than 300 million of them are clinically obese.
Studies by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 3,958 children and adolescents between the ages of 2–19 are seriously overweight in the US.
Obesity can be the reason for low-self esteem in many individuals. Due to social constructs surrounding health, where in such case people believe that being skinny is healthy, and where a projection of discrimination against those perceived to be ‘unhealthy’, people who are considered overweight or obese on the BMI scale can face many social challenges.
These challenges can come from simple things such as buying clothes, pressure from others to lose bodyweight, and not being able to get a job. This can lead to various problems such as eating disorders, self-esteem issues, and misdiagnosis and improper treatment of physical ailments due to discrimination.
Inactivity doesn’t just contribute to obesity. It can also contribute to a wider range of health related problems including, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and other disorders. Researches have shown that 49 percent of heart disease in sedentary patients is due to lack of exercise.
So, as you can see, exercising is a very important part of every human being. From children to adult, from men to women. Do you need any more reasons than these to get yourself into being active and stop being a couch potato?
I thought about a lot of ways to get people into being involved with a daily active routine and here is what I came up with:
Making use of the push mower, going for a walk, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, biking, visiting friends/family, cleaning out the garage or the attic, signing up for a group exercise class which can build motivation and support, joining a softball team, or parking at the farthest end of the parking lot when arriving at work are things that are sure to give you a nice sweat breaking workout.
Playing games like kickball, tag, and joining a sports team, helping mom and dad with yard work or house chores, riding their bike to school, walking to the store, seeing how many jumping jacks they can do, or racing a friend to the end of the block are some interaining things a child or adolecent can try out without even having in mind that what they are trying to do is cut down on weight.
Skipping and Yoga Hiking
These programs may not come and look for you directly at your door, but if you join either of these groups, I’m sure that your group members will keep in touch with you to encourage your participation daily. These are some latest fitness trends that are centered in bring you out of those daily traditonal boring routines and giving a fun boost to your exercise regimen.
Walking School Bus
Now this is something that I find very enthusiastic and perfect for children with obesity problems. This is program is installed by some schools around the US and it involves children walking to the bus stop. What’s the catch? Well here it is. Children will not stand at the stop waiting for an everyday regular bus to pass by picking them up, instead, they will wait for a train of walking students to pass by as they easily slide into the group for a good morning walk from home to school.
I really hope that those whom take their time to read this article share and understand the importance of exercising for at least 3 times a week.