Obesity, COVID, and Exercise

While the world figures out just how best to handle the COVID epidemic, we all have to figure out how to navigate the changes in our own lives. Many people turn to food in times like these but you must be warned that – obesity, and especially morbid obesity are linked to higher mortality and severe symptoms due to COVID-19 when compared to those at healthier weights.

Cary Men's Weight LossWe are likely all aware that the clinical effects of this respiratory disease are particularly severe in certain populations, including seniors, people with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac disease, and those with compromised immune systems. People with obesity have a higher likelihood of being in each of these categories and should therefore be considered at increased risk for severe disease. This is particularly true for people with moderate to severe obesity, whose compromised physiological state and burden of complications is generally higher. In addition, for people with severe obesity, management of severe COVID-19 may also be compromised by challenges in diagnosis and treatment caused by the physical effects of their obesity.

As obesity rates continue to increase not just in the US but globally, everyone needs to realize that it’s time to take control of your own health! We are your go to source for all things weight loss Cary, NC.

Don’t Neglect Exercise

If you’re stuck at home now, it’s understandable if you are getting concerned about your long-term goals. Lots of people prefer working out at the gym or in groups and for many, that just isn’t realistic right now. It’s critical that you do all you can to stay active during these tough times, partially for your mental health.

Exercise is vital for our mental and physical health, and is arguably more important than ever during periods of self-isolation. It’s critically important to keep moving your body. Here are some ideas for making the most of your activity at home and helping you with your weight loss Cary.

Prioritize your workouts – People who put their fitness activities on the same calendar as their regular appointments tend to stick to their plan. You wouldn’t cancel a doctor’s appointment because you “don’t feel like going” so you will feel more inclined to work out every day.

Workout at the time that’s right for you. All too many try to force themselves too far out of their comfort zones and workout when they are hardly awake or just struggling to keep with it. Exercise only works long-term if you can stick to it comfortably.

Be specific in your goals—and track your workouts. If your goal is to “get in better shape” you could theoretically reach that goal in one day, or never ever reach it. You need to set goals within reasonable time-frames that you can actually achieve.

Say it out loud. Don’t keep the weight of sticking to a program all to yourself, tell your friends and share experiences with anyone else who may be losing weight! Have others keep you  accountable, you’re a lot more likely to do that short workout when you know you’ll have to explain yourself to your friend later on if you don’t!

If you want to learn more about Cary weight loss, you need to come check out Doctors Weight Loss Center of Cary. Need to chat now? Call us at 919.852.2132