This week is Men’s Health Week 2017 – which runs from June 12-18 – the focus this year is about abdominal obesity – better known as ‘belly fat’.
Why? Because it’s the type of fat that’s bad for your health and men are more likely to have it.
Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs. Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Colorectal cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Premature death from any cause
- High blood pressure
So, men need to get those tape measures out. If you have a waist measurement over 37 inches (94cm), you are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and erection problems. If it’s over 40 inches (102cm), you’re ar a considerably increased risk of all these. The measurement is not the same as your trouser size. Measure your stomach at the belly button.
MOVE MORE, EAT WELL, WATCH THE BOOZE.
Want to get serious about tackling your waist? We offer a range of gentle and carefully managed ways to exercise and get you moving more.
- First and foremost, if you’ve picked up an injury or are in pain, the first thing you do is move less. This can have a substantial knock on effect on your activity levels and habit. So, if you’re in pain or have an injury that’s stopping you being active – whether it’s cycling, walking to work, playing golf, running or doing a few laps of the pool, get in touch or book your physio appointment so that we can help you sort out your injury.
- Pilates is a fantastic way to get you moving well. Many of the exercises really focus on that core middle area and although they aren’t specifically designed to slim down your waist, many people report that this is an additional benefit.
- If you’re over 60 and keen to exercise but wary of going to a gym or not sure what exercises are advised or appropriate, why not come along to our Positive Steps exercise classes. They are specially designed for the older generations, and will help give you the confidence to push your body a little.
- If back pain is stopping you from exercising, why not try our Active Backs classes. Exercises sessions specifically tailored for people with back pain, they will help you learn what exercises will help with your back and again, help improve your confidence in exercising.