Some experts hold that obesity in India is a bigger problem than malaria or tuberculosis. Take a few seconds for that to sink in. The past few decades have seen a rapid escalation in chronic diseases and women are noticeably the worst hit. A pan-India survey conducted by AIIMS revealed that two out of three urban women and one out of every eight rural women are overweight or obese.

Genetic traits aside, a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet choices, and lack of exercise are cause for concern. Yes, looking good is important but feeling good and being physically fit is crucial to healthy living.

Exercise not only helps you lose the kilos but is also responsible for maintaining a healthy body weight. It improves your skin and keeps stress levels low. Being overweight makes women vulnerable to illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and chronic kidney disease. Experts recommend that you set aside 30 minutes a day for physical activity. Clocking in 150 minutes of exercise per week will help keep these weight-related diseases in check.

  • Heart disease and stroke: Lack of physical activity and exercise is a major cause of heart disease in women. Exercises that increase your heart rate strengthen your heart and help it to function at its best. You can get your heart rate up by jogging, running, and cycling. If you are extremely overweight or obese, consult a doctor before taking on such activity.
  • High blood pressure: Doing chores around the house or climbing the stairs on a daily basis can almost be as good as jogging and cycling and can help lower high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes: Women who are overweight are prone to develop diabetes sooner or later. Since exercise lowers blood sugar, it is an excellent approach to prevent the onset of diabetes.
  • Osteoarthritis: One of the reasons for Osteoarthritis (OA) is obesity, with symptoms including joint pain and stiffness. A weight-loss plan in consultation with your doctor may slow down or, in some cases, prevent OA. Strength training, stretching, and aerobic exercises are some of the training regimens you can take up.
  • Chronic kidney disease: Overweight and obese people stand a greater chance of developing kidney disease. Maintain an ideal body mass index (BMI) to keep this in check.

Change starts with you, so take charge of your life today, regardless of your age and fitness levels to protect yourself against the onslaught of these life-threatening afflictions. Choose a fitness plan that is ideal for you, tailored to your needs, and set goals you can achieve, gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts.

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