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Doctors on Call: Lose weight and get fit

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The New Year is almost here! The New Year is a time many people rethink their lives and make specific goals to restore their health.

The most popular resolutions concern weight loss, fitness and improved health. Unfortunately, many of the changes that we desire to make are not achievable under our current style of living. If we are looking for a change, we must change.

We must look at why resolutions generally fail. We commonly mismanage our time, cause new injuries and have constant fluctuations in priorities.

Simply joining a gym or starting a new exercise programme does not get you fit; it requires you to actually participate in the exercises proven to create results.

People commonly believe that exercise such as walking or running is the best for weight loss, but it’s not! When this is the thought, we put in more time than is needed, possibly create further damage, produce new injuries and get even further away from our goals and the reason that we adopted a change in the first place.

If you are looking to lose weight fast, it is not on the treadmill or in aerobics class. High-intensity interval exercise is significantly more effective than performing the same total work with increased time.

High-intensity exercise training is the most effective for reducing total abdominal fat, subcutaneous abdominal fat and abdominal visceral fat (AVF), according to new research.

Total abdominal fat and, most importantly, abdominal visceral fat (fat around the organs) have been linked to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease and even cancer! When the amount of fat around the organs increases, it will put added pressure on vital organs and affect the circulation of blood and oxygen.

High-intensity exercises have been found to be a time-efficient strategy to rapidly build muscle, lose weight and improve exercise performance, according to the research.

Numerous studies link this form of exercise to a rapid improvement in VO2 max. VO2 max is a measure of the body’s ability to utilise oxygen and ultimately your level of fitness.

High-intensity exercise is the most efficient form of exercise to improve your fitness level.

These new recommendations are based on the most cutting-edge exercise science. This exercise system elicits a very unique hormonal response that influences your metabolism. High-intensity interval type of exercise is also called “metabolic conditioning”.

Metabolic conditioning is characterised by short bursts of high-intensity exercise. In just minutes a day you can build muscle and burn fat like never before. Twelve minutes a day is all it takes to get in the shape of your life.

High-intensity exercise is any exercise done as fast you can do it. The important safety concern is to do the exercise through a full range of motion and make sure that your posture is correct. Do not worry if you do not have access to a gym, you can do this form of exercise at home.

Sample exercises can be as simple as going up and down stairs, getting in and out of your chair, jumping in place, or even sitting in a chair and extending your legs. The important item with high-intensity exercise is fatigue. The quicker you fatigue your muscles, the better.

We would like to thank you for your continued questions. This is a reader-directed column that focuses on difficult topics. Every email will receive a response. This information is not to replace your doctor’s recommendation, it is an educational tool. Exercise is not right for everyone, consult with your doctor.

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