Recently in national news, a man was carted away in an ambulance after suffering an apparent heart attack while eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" at a restaurant in Las Vegas called "Heart Attack Grill". The "Triple Bypass burger" has 6,000 calories and is a 1.5 pound triple cheeseburger...and for an extra $2.77 you can add 15 slices of bacon. This restaurant is known for "bypass" burgers and "flatliner" fries and offers free meals to anyone who weighs over 350 pounds. Does anyone else see problems with this?? When do we start taking control for our actions and choices in life??
Obesity rates have been constantly on the rise over the past 20 years. In 2010, no state had an obesity prevalence of less than 20% and 36 states (including Kentucky) had a prevalence of 25% or more. When will people realize there is an obesity epidemic in the United States? Children are less active, schools are cutting back on physical education classes, school administrators allow fast food chains to sell their food in cafeterias...when does it stop? Americans offer many excuses and place blame everywhere except on themselves. It's time for us to start making lifestyle changes by incorporating daily physical activity and proper nutrition into our lives. It's not that difficult but it does take a little work.
Where do you begin? First step is to admit there is a problem. If you don't see there is a problem with your physical activity levels, nutrition, weight, and overall health, you will not be successful in your endeavors. If you see a problem exists, it's time to make some changes. Start small with easy changes to your daily routine. Put the phone/iPad/computer away for a few hours and get outside and take a walk. Replace at least one beverage with 16 ounces of water. Reduce the number of restaurant visits in one week. Change your dinner plate to a smaller one so you won't feel "obliged" to fill it up. All of these ideas will help you get started. Once you start to see improvements here, expand your horizons. Join a local walking group, head into the gym to take a new group exercise class, sign up at the health department to participate in informational sessions to learn more about diabetes and weight management...the list is endless.
Don't wait for the scales to tip 300 pounds, don't wait for the chest pains to happen, don't wait to be on multiple medications to control blood pressure/heart rate/blood sugar, don't wait for the hospital visit...the time is now and the reason is because your life is valuable and your family would like for you to stick around for a while. Take control of your life and your health because no one is going to do it for you.
Come in to PROMATx Health Club and talk with a fitness professional today to see what it will take to get your life back on track. Don't wait...do it today.