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You can counter genetic obesity with jogging

Health & Science - By Judith Mukiri Mwobobia | October 12th 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Individuals at risk of inherited obesity are more prone to weight gain than others. However, having the obesity gene does not mean that you are destined for obesity. There are scientifically proven fitness options that you can engage in to ward off obesity.

A fitness study done in Taiwan on people predisposed to obesity observed that jogging stood out as one of the most effective anti-obesity options. The good thing about jogging is that it is a slow and leisurely paced run. For professional athletes, jogging is mainly used as a warm-up or cool down exercise. However, for people who are predisposed to obesity, it could mean less worry of packing up weight.

On its own, jogging increases cardiovascular endurance with much less stress on joints and the circulatory system. In addition, jogging prevents bone and muscle damage that could be a problem associated with high intensity workouts.

If you are obese and have hit the dreaded exercise plateau, jogging offers a great way to gradually get your heart rate up while minimising the risk of injury.

Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, as extra body fat increases insulin resistance, which is a marker for prediabetes. According to researchers, jogging has a positive effect on insulin resistance since it is an excellent exercise to decrease body fat.

What is the best time to jog?

The best time to jog is the one that works well for you. The duration of the exercise matters a great deal. You can start with 30 minutes and build it up over time.

The bottom line is that sedentary lifestyle escalates your weight gain, especially if you are predisposed to obesity. Jog to shed off excess weight. Get the right gear and stay committed to your exercise. Apart from managing your body weight, jogging will ultimately improve your immunity and heart health, help you cope with stress and depression and improve your endurance and flexibility as you age.

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