We know the benefits of being active, but when it comes to controlling your weight, its not being lazy, but a bad diet that causes obesity, rather than lack of physical activity that leads to obesity. We should be looking at where we get our calories from, sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger.
We can’t stop ourselves ageing, but we can reduce our risk in other ways. Regular exercise will lower blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk. This in turn, reduces narrowing of the blood vessels (atherosclerosis) which is a cause of vascular dementia. We’re beginning to understand that exercise also acts as an anti-inflammatory and evidence is mounting that all types of dementia can be reduced by taking regular exercise.
DID YOU KNOW?
For every pound of muscle gained, the body burns 50 extra calories every day.
Over 40’000 premature deaths are caused in the UK every year by heart disease. Regular exercise will improve heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease in later life.
Maintaining a healthy weight can increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
A lack of sun exposure may be causing you regular headaches. Research from the university of Eastern Finland has discovered that people who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to suffer from chronic headaches.
One third of all food produced globally is wasted, says the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In the UK alone, £12.5 billion worth of food is binned every year with waste including 500 million bananas and 1.6 billion apples.
QUICK HEALTH FACT
The brain takes up at about 2% of our total body weight, but uses 20% of our energy.
Boost your breakfast with fibre. Adding ground flaxseed to your porridge or dates to your smoothie means you will not only be more likely to feel fuller and therefore eat less throughout the day, you’ll also be more likely to eat healthier if you have a good breakfast. Plus, you’ll be boosting your good gut bacteria too.
Do you bloat easily when snacking on nuts? Swap your cashews for pecans. Cashews contain a non-digestible carb known as galactooligosaccharide, which our bodies may find harder to break down, and pecans don’t.
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