Monday, June 13, 2011

Getting healthier with goals

Continuing with my last discussion here are more figures on the deterioration of the health of Americans. These statistics were found in the TD Times Newsletter, and they were compiled from the CDC and IHRSA.

* Approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States are obese
* Obese adults are at increased risk for coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and premature death
* Childhood obesity more than tripled in the past 30 years
* Obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008
* Obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1% in 2008
* 16% of the American population belongs to a health club
* Of that 16%, only 10% exercise 1 or more times per week
* Less than 2% of the overall population of the US exercises regularly (3 times per week or more)

These are alarming statistics; makes me shake my head in amazement. There are thousands of highly qualified trainers in this country and these experts have all the science in the world, while millions of dollars is spent on health products. Why are we (as a population) going the wrong way? I know some people think that their journey is far too great, others feel that they do not have the energy and some it is time, or money. Which are you?

It does not matter which you are, you can succeed. Whether you want to loose one or one-hundred pounds, you can do it. All you have to do is make a commitment to yourself. It is going to take some changes on your part, because what you (we) are currently doing is not working. Start simply by writing some goals: I tell some of my clients to start with a long term goal (may be a weight loss number), then break it down to what are you going to do this month to get closer to that goal, and then finally what are you going to do TODAY to get to your goal!
So, what are you going to do to reach your goal?

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