Weight challenges can lead to feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. But being
overweight should not be a recipe for over indulgence for the rest of your life. Many
of us know of or have indulged in comfort-eating as a temporary escape from pressure
at work, personal life challenges and concerns over our body shape. Each year millions
yo-yo their way through the year unable to maintain their weight while others suffer
weight complications through health conditions.
Slender figures and toned bodies are often envied, but not everyone can have the
"perfect" shape. What is important is to look and feel your personal best in order to
avoid the effects of overweight, such as shortness of breath and high blood pressure,
which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Exercise is one of the fundamental ways to reverse the trend of increasing weight and,
if you lose one pound of weight a week, you are more likely to keep the weight off
long term. However, it's not easy to gather the drive and confidence to pull the
trainers on and walk into the gym. That's why, if you're starting to exercise after
a long break, we recommend walking. Outside of breathing, it's the most natural thing
humans do. Remember 'tomorrow never comes'. The important thing is to get started on
exercise today so you can begin to achieve your goals. Take that first step now and
look at the pages on physical activity and BMI. It will give you a real idea of how
your body is doing.
Combine this with a better understanding of nutrition and your quality of life
will start improving immediately. And remember young people have the ability to burn
off calories much faster than adults. We'll support you all the way!