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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Should I keep exercising if I'm not losing weight?


For 40 years, I've attempted to lose weight through exercise. I take brisk walks for approximately two to three hours each week, as you instruct. However, I'm on the verge of quitting since I'm unable to lose enough weight to make the exercise worthwhile. Is there another reason why I should continue?

Yes. There is. Continue exercising even if you are unable to achieve a healthy weight. Why? Because consistent exercise has huge health benefits, even if you are unable to maintain a healthy weight. This idea is supported by a new comprehensive study of the health benefits of regular exercise, which will be published in the journal Science on October 22, 2021.

Regular exercise keeps you physically fit, and being physically fit lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and premature death - even if you can't lose weight. Here are the statistics compiled from numerous research that followed thousands of people over many decades, including several studies undertaken at Harvard Medical School.

If you are overweight and unfit, your chance of dying prematurely is twice that of someone of the same age and gender who is likewise overweight but remains active. The same holds true if your weight is within a healthy range: staying fit lowers your risk. If we were talking about your risk of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or Alzheimer's disease instead of your chance of premature death, the same general principle would apply: regular exercise will minimize your risk, even if you can't achieve a healthy weight.

Overweight people are more likely to have specific risk factors for numerous major diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels, which puts them at risk for bad health. Even if you can't lose weight, regular exercise improves all of these risk factors.

When patients are informed about the things they may do to improve their chances of living a long life, they occasionally say things like, "Why would I want to live for a longer period of time?" It would only add years to my decrepitude. " That is a common myth: the same things that make people live longer also make them less likely to become old.
 

Hester Ford of Charlotte, North Carolina, the oldest person in the United States, died in 2021 at the age of 116. She attributed her long life to walking several miles every day, even after reaching the age of 100. She lived a long time and stayed healthy until the end just by walking.
 
Get a free consultation from the Melody Jacob Health Team. Send us an email at godisablej66@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

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