Many people think of exercise as just a way to promote weight loss. So if they are a normal weight they might not think they should exercise.
Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese (11% of men and 15% of women). In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancer (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon).
If you are morbidly obese, you may a higher risk of being hospitalized with the flu or other similar respiratory virus. According to a recent study, risk of hospitalization was highest for adults at the lowest and highest ends of the BMI spectrum. Those who fell into the “normal” range had the lowest risk of hospitalization.
The 2018 State of Obesity report was released in September. The American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown released this statement based on the report: “This year’s State of Obesity report presents a stark illustration of the toll the obesity epidemic continues to take on our nation. A record number of states-seven-report adult obesity rates of at least 35 percent.
Planks strengthen your core muscles and each variation helps target different muscle groups so it’s good to add different versions to your fitness repertoire. The side plank is specifically good for improving balance and concentration in addition to really working those core, back, and leg muscles.