The average American gained seven pounds over the winter holidays.
More than 75% of Americans are overweight today.
Obesity (more than 30% overweight) dramatically increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
A man who is 10% overweight decreases his life expectancy by 11%.
More women believe they are overweight but more men actually are: 71% of men are too heavy compared with 58% of women.
Exercise is probably the most positive thing you can do to lose and control your weight.
Exercise will not only help reduce your waistline, it will make you feel better as well!
Aerobic exercise is excellent for the heart and lungs. Brisk walking or bicycling are excellent as are cross-country skiing, rowing and swimming because they use major muscle groups in both the upper and lower body.
Strength training (working with weights) builds up lean body mass and gives you greater overall endurance.
Simple stretching can prevent injuries, make you feel better, and support your continuation of a regular exercise routine!
For more information about weight loss, ask your pharmacist!