Take a Stand For Your Health

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We want you to live your healthiest life yet! It is time to make the decision to take back your health and we are here to help.

By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT
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You’ve probably heard the word obesity, but have you ever really thought about the meaning of the word? Maybe you have wondered if you fall in line with the boundaries of obesity, but you don’t actually know it’s literal definition.

To give you a little bit of a background on the term, “obese” is a word that is used to describe a level of someone’s heath. It is defined by the National Institute of Health as, “a BMI reading of 30 and above.” This is equivalent to being about 30 pounds overweight. While Miriam Webster defines the phrase “obesity” as, “a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body.”

The main action of body fat is to be used as part of an internal self storage system. Our bodies have, over time, kept us warm and kept us fueled by storing the fat we take in and saving it for emergency types of situations. Since our bodies are created to store fat for survival, they don’t really know a limit when it comes to a storage amount.

Way back when, before the modernized world our ancestors had to really fight to survive and work really hard for food. Because of all the effort it took to grow food and stay on the go, they were constantly burning energy – they didn’t have to worry about being over weight. Even in the cold seasons, bodies would save up enough of those fat reserves to help them stay warmer in the cool temperatures.

Like I mentioned, in our modern world, if you are one of the blessed and privileged that doesn’t have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, you have easy (and I mean very easy) access to TONS of food. Since we have made things to gradually evolve and change to be easier for us, the effort to obtain food is very minimal. The more food we can get and eat, with the most minuscule amount of effort is what has driven us to be in the middle of the current obesity crisis.

Take a look at some of the statistics taken from this year:

  • 1 in 3 adults are obese.
  • 1 in 6 children are obese.
  • 25 out of the 50 United States have an obesity rate of 30% or more. (In 2000, NO state had a obesity rate above 25%)
  • 9 out of the 11 United States that have the highest obesity levels are in the South.
  • 80% of the adults in America DO NOT meet the government’s national physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscular activity.
  • Obesity is one of the biggest causes of chronic illness, disease, and rising healthcare costs. These costs range from $147 billion – $210 billion a YEAR.

You have the ability to change your body and change your life! Body fat doesn’t have to control your life and the word “obese” doesn’t have to be what defines you. Take a stand for your health and others around you today! Learn how to take it one step at a time! Start with learning how to live an active lifestyle! We here at Gold’s Gym would love nothing more than to help guide you through your lifestyle change journey. It feels good to belong where you know there are people who truly care about you and your health. So come see us today!

To help you get started on your fitness journey, click here to view the Ultimate Guide for Joining a Gym.

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.