When will American’s WAKE UP?! Every day when I log onto Facebook, fitness pro’s from all over the world post new articles on the obesity rate in America. It’s so sad: more people die in this country from obesity related issues than people dying of starvation around the world.
How can we STOP this epidemic before it destroys our country… and our children? Most people think they are not a part of this problem. Look in the mirror… if every year you increase just one pant size, this is NOT ok. I found a great BMI Chart that can help you see where you are.
BMI, stands for Body Mass Index, this is an estimate of your body fat and a great indicator for risks of diseases that occur with overweight and obesity. To find your BMI, you multiply your height by your body weight. When you have this number you can check it on a BMI Chart to see where you are.
Please note: Athletes with an extremely muscular build might not be ideal to use this chart as it will show them to be in an “overweight or obese” category. However, for the average person this chart is a great eye opener and a great start to changing your life. Find out your BMI with this BMI calculator. Do you need to lower your number? If yes, what can you do? Make a plan!
Here are some simple ways to get started:
- Exercise everyday for at least 20 minutes… yes ONLY 20 minutes, just move every day.
- Cut-out sugary creamy coffee drinks in the morning. Most of them have at least 400 calories! Think about this: If you eat breakfast and get one of these drinks, by the time you get to the office you’ve already consumed half of your calories for the day and it’s only 9am!
- Use cinnamon in your black coffee as a sweetener.
- Drink more water. Most people confuse thirst for hunger.
Take a moment and think of YOUR plan. Write it down, follow it and remember: if you “fall of the wagon” aka “get off track of your plan” it’s ok. Get BACK on the next day.
I encourage every person reading this to WAKE UP, take action and make a change, in yourself AND in one other person. Let’s be responsible for “me” and also motivate and encourage just one person to do the same.