Lazy People

Lazy People

I'm simply amazed at the number of lazy people here in Perth. Now, I'm not saying this to be nasty or to offend anyone but the simple fact is that Australia is now the fattest nation in the world (per capita)!

In this article we will cover how to stop being lazy by using some simple strategies. Overcoming laziness is absolutely imperative if people are serious about losing weight. The human body has been designed for activity but unfortunately our society continues to provide many ways for us to be sedentary.

As a result, we need to consciously find ways to become more active because without activity we are far more likely to become overweight or obese and to also face many health problems in the future.

When I'm out on the road visiting the health food stores I often go into shopping centres. One thing I simply can't get over is the fact that when I am on an escalator or travelator most people in front of me are stationary!

'C'mon! Get out of my way! I've got things to do, people to see!' Why can't these people simply keep walking? I'm sure escalators and travelators are designed to help you get to where you need to go faster. Think of the conveyor belts in airports (again, where many lazy people will simply stand and enjoy the ride).

Now I know that there are so many energy-saving devices in our society today that make life easier for us and require us to expend far less energy. However, we are now faced with an epidemic of obesity and not only does this epidemic have an impact on ourselves and the people who are closest to us, but it also has a major impact on our economy because the cost of hospitalisation and medical treatment for obese people is massive!

The fact is, it is really so easy to avoid becoming overweight or obese and it starts by not being lazy. Now, I'm certainly not saying that all overweight or obese people are lazy, far from it, but if you don't move you don't burn energy (calories) and if you don't burn energy there is a far greater likelihood that you will put on weight!

Lazy people will inevitably look for ways to limit their movement as much as possible and the escalator/ travelator example above is just one example. How many people do you know that will always try and park as close as possible to the entrance of a shopping centre? Why don't they simply park 20, 30, 40 or even 50 metres away and then walk to the entrance?

Even this small amount of activity (also known as incidental exercise) will help the person burn a few more calories and may prevent them from becoming overweight or obese.

Of course, just doing this one activity won't make a big difference on its own but when you combine it with walking instead of standing on the escalators/ travelators (or better still, using the stairs instead!), and always looking for ways to expend a little more energy rather than conserve energy, you will find that over time, the results can be quite significant!

Lazy People

For most lazy people it is easy to get started without having to launch into a 'full-on' exercise program. All they need to do is simply look for ways to be more active every day. Perhaps use the stairs instead of the lift, walk to the shops (if you don't live too far away) instead of driving and spend more time doing chores around the house!

If they combine a small amount of regular activity with a few changes to their nutritional habits, most people, even lazy people, can lose some weight or at the very least, not put on weight!

Of course, an exercise program is far superior to simply performing activities, however, it may need to be a staged process for some people. Perhaps they can start by simply becoming more active and then, after a period of weeks, they might take their dog for a walk. Then, gradually increase the frequency, duration and intensity of their walks.

Perhaps after a few months they may even consider going to a gym and incorporating some resistance exercise as well.

It really can make a massive difference to the way you look, your energy levels and how your body functions when you make a regular exercise program a part of your life.

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