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There is no doubt that obesity has become the ultimate disease of the modern world. Several researches have came to the conclusion that regular exercise is the only way to increase the body's energy consumption and improve performance.

Not only that, but it helps losing weight even without dieting, although more slowly. Weight is most safely lost and kept off by following a good nutritious diet and exercising. If someone tries to lose weight just by dieting, he or she will lose muscle tissue rather than fat. Basic metabolism will slow and you will need to restrict your diet continuously. But, if you exercise regularly you will consume more energy and burn more calories at rest than a person on a strict diet. Being overweight in one of the major causes of hypertension, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Health benefits of exercise can be achieved by everyone, regardless of sex, age, race or physical ability.

Some devastating statistics

The American Heart Association attributes about 250,000 deaths per year in the US to lack of regular physical activity.

  • 13.5 million people have coronary heart disease
  • 1.5 million people suffer from a heart attack annually 
  • 8 million people have non-insulin-dependent diabetes
  • 95,000 people are newly diagnosed with colon cancer each year
  • 250,000 people suffer from a hip fractures each year
  • 50 million people have high blood pressure.
  • Over 60 million people are overweight

Beginning a safe weight loss program

Before starting a weight loss program you should make sure that the program you have chosen is safe and suitable for you. It is advisable to talk to a health professional who will help design an appropriate weight loss program. You should expect some initial pain when you start to exercise and it is important to remain cautious and aware of any pain or discomfort while doing exercises.

A proper wear
Before you set out, be sure to select comfortable footwear and comfortable, protective clothing.
Dress in loose-fitting clothing and in layers because there might be a need to adjust to the temperature. All rubberized materials should be avoided, as they don't allow perspiration to evaporate.
 
Warm up
Before any exercise you should first spend about five minutes walking slowly to warm up the muscles. Warming up your muscles reduces risk of injury.

Stretch
After they’ve been warmed up, the muscles should also be streched. 

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