Dr. Thaddeus Bell talks with icyou about the importance of exercise in a weight management program.
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ICYOU How is exercise related to obesity? Dr. Thaddeus Bell, MD Family Practice Physician Well as you know obesity is the major problem in the United States today and one of the things that I don’t think people fully appreciate. Is that dieting is very, very important. Dieting without exercising on a regular basis means that you will probably not going to be very, very successful in reaching your desired weight so I would definitely recommend that if you’re not accustomed to exercising you first need to get a physical exam to make sure you don’t have any major medical problems that exercise would make verse and then once you have been given clearance then you should install exercising your data regimen. And once you’ve lost the weight, you should continue exercising on a regular basis to make sure that you maintain the weight. Here again, you have to do it at least 4 or 5 times a week and I would welcome in— I’m starting off slow and then going faster and doing it over a longer period of time as time progress. And the other thing I like to recommend is that you need to install exercise into your life for life. It should not be something that you do just to lose weight. You should do it for the rest of your life because all of the medical data shows that those people who exercise over a long period of time not only enjoy a better quality of life but they live a longer life. The people who are not active well, I will recommend first that you be seen by your doctor to make sure that you don’t have any hidden medical problems because we know that people who are not active are more likely to have heart disease etcetera so you don’t want to exercise and then have a heart attack. So I recommend that you talk to your physician and make sure that you’ve been checked out. And then once you been checked out I would recommend walking. If walking— if you like walking, there are lots of other things that you can do but walking is a very cheap you can do it at any time you can do it with a friend. And I would recommend here again that you start off very, very slowly and you know that your exercise capacity may not be any more than one block if that long so you walk one block for a couple of weeks and then you gradually move up but I recommend that you do something. Walking, running, I always tell people if their going to ride a bike make sure that they pedal and not role when they are riding a bike. So I would recommend those three things. I would recommend the people start exercising as soon as they can start walking okay and you do it we always say exercise from the cradle to the grave and there are no real contraindications for exercising if you don’t have any major medical problem for any major reason for not doing it but we know here again that if you exercise you can decrease so many things. You can decrease your ability to become obese. You can help your high blood pressure. Not make you go away but help it. You can help treat your diabetes, you decrease your risk for developing all kinds of cancer particularly breast cancer. So the reasons just go on and on not to mention that when a person exercise on a regular basis you can look at them and you can tell that, that person is fit so it helps your self esteem.

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