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Combat Winter Weight Gain


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Obesity has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes and cancer. Sixty percent of adult Americans are either overweight or obese. Middle-aged folks are not the only ones susceptible to getting a "spare tire" around their waist. The number of overweight adolescents has tripled since 1980. 14% of those aged 12 to 19 are considered to be overweight, and three quarters of them remain overweight as adults.


Getting Started


* Experts recommend at least three 20 minute sessions of exercise per week. If you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, 5 times a week may be what you need.

* Remember, the elderly or people with health problems should consult with their doctor before doing anything strenuous.

* Some winter chores and activities are good forms of exercise, for example, moderate snow shoveling and ice skating (see warning above).

* Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.

* The President's Counsel on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) has many publications about how to design your own exercise regimen.

* Fitness.gov (the website of the PCPFS) also has tips about exercise and weight control.

* Make exercise part of your daily routine. With a treadmill or exercise bike at home, you can watch your favorite TV show while you burn those calories.

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