An interesting question: What is considered the “threshold of decrepitude”? Is it 50, 45, 40, 35, 25? Thirty years ago 45 probably would have been considered that age. However, unfortunately today Americans are deteriorating much earlier than they used to and this isn’t a good thing. Belly fat has become an epidemic.
Fat bellies are not only becoming common place for middle age men but even among children, as well. A disturbing fact is that obesity among kids has increased (and continues to do so) more than 50% since 1975. Twenty five percent of all children now suffer from obesity.
Unfortunately, not only is America getting fat bellies at younger ages but they are also suffering the consequences at earlier ages. Current studies show children are now developing signs of heart disease, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.
That brings us to the question as to WHY? What’s going on to cause this change?
One reason is that America has become lazy. Too “tired” to get up and go. Why are we tired? Easy, answer because we are FAT! Why are we fat? Because we don’t get up and go. It’s a vicious circle and it has a name “Sedentary Inertia”.
Studies show that 25% of the American population is “inactive”. This group does very little to move. They have sedentary employment, no recreational or fitness programs, always take elevators, drive even to the mailbox, and of course, park as close as they can to their destination.
In other words, those most likely to get belly fat are those that spend most of their time sitting on their butt. The low energy person.
And don’t be fooled. It’s not that we are eating more. It’s we are exercising less.
Remember this lesson? “Bodies at rest tend to stay at rest.” This science principal applies to our bodies as well as inanimate objects.
Problem is, to exercise you have to have energy. To make matters worse there is usually a direct correlation between your energy level and your belly fat. The more belly fat the tougher it is to get up and go.
Fortunately, for those belly fat bodies the scientific principal “Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion” applies as well. Get up and go and you’ll find it easier to stay up and continue going.
Energy begets energy
Working out gives the normal person a sense of energy. And you don’t have to be an elite athlete or even a weekend warrior to experience that surge of energy from moving. Just starting out with a short 10 minute walk will do wonders for the energy level. Increase the distance or time every other day.
Also, let’s not forget some of the beneficial side affects of that energy. A recent survey showed that many claimed that exercising and increased energy increased their libido. Statistics tell us that middle-aged men on a simple aerobic exercise program increased their sexual activity by as much as 30%.
Not bad simply for taking the stairs instead of the elevator.