We know that regular exercise and a healthy diet are a must if you want to get in shape and improve your overall health. But getting fit comes with more benefits than a smaller waistline and a healthy heart.
Getting fit can improve your sex life in more ways than one. When you are more comfortable in your own skin, it’s only natural that you’ll feel more confident in intimate situations. Research also shows that men who are overweight (or obese) may be more likely to have low testosterone or experience erectile dysfunction. Losing weight can jump-start your libido and keep the side effects of being overweight from hitting you below the belt.
If you snore, excess fat around the neck may be to blame. Even modest weight loss can be enough to help prevent your airway from become obstructed while you sleep. As an added bonus, getting your snoring under control may also improve intimacy with your partner, especially if your nighttime noises have exiled you to separate beds — or even rooms.
Some research points to a potential link between obesity and dementia. This may be due to excess fat actually producing chronic brain inflammation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise — the kind that really gets your heart pumping — may also boost the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for verbal memory and learning.
Not only can fat cause inflammation and pain that leads to weak, unstable joints, but every pound of weight lost relieves four pounds of pressure on your knees. Losing just ten pounds can reduce pressure on your knees by forty pounds. That frees you up to enjoy exercise more, to go for that hike you’ve been avoiding due to knee pain and to spend more time playing on the floor with your kids or grandchildren.
It’s every daughter’s dream to have her father walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But you can’t do that if your weight is so out of control that you struggle to walk — or worse, if the psychological complications of obesity hamper your ability to be around other people, even your loved ones. Start getting healthy now so you can be there for your little girl on her big day.
Overall, getting fit will give you help you feel younger, sociable and able to enjoy doing what you love. Losing weight lowers the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or a stroke. These afflictions can negatively impact your quality of life as well as reduce your life expectancy.
What are you waiting for? If you’re ready to live life to the fullest, contact McCarty Weight Loss Center today. Find how we can help you reach your weight loss goals.