Over the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity has risen in Australia in adults from 19% to 28%. This means two-thirds of Australian adults are now overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25–29.9, or obese (BMI >=30).
Obesity, can lead to significant back problems and back pain due to the wear on the spinal column and joints as well as a number of conditions, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, respiratory abnormalities and even increase the risk for certain types of cancer.
Muscle wasting (sarcopenia) is a normal process associated with ageing. This can lead to an increased likelihood of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes; if not managed correctly. Skeletal muscle is in fact the most important metabolic organ to assist with the disposal of glucose (sugar) and triglycerides (fats). Therefore, if weight loss is a goal; strength training is imperative.
Strength training should be completed 2-3 times per week, include 8-10 exercises targeting major muscle groups and you should be working to an intensity of local muscular fatigue. With the development of greater muscle mass (hypertrophy), your resting metabolic rate is improved. Resting metabolic rate is defined as “The amount of energy (in the form of calories) that the body needs to function while resting for 24 hours”.
The good news is that obesity is treatable and usually self-diagnosable. Speaking to one of our professional physiotherapists or exercise physiologist's about your situation will provide clarity and clear direction towards better health.
To kick start your weight loss journey, visit your Exercise Physiologist at Kieser centre near youtoday for a suitable tailored exercise program.
Written by Ben Milner, Exercise Physiologist at Kieser Brighton