Covid 19? or Just Average Holiday Gain?

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The average weight gain during the holidays is reported to be seven pounds. That’s before Covid19. Weight gain is a fact of life. It’s hard to admit that the jeans didn’t just shrink or the metabolism didn’t suddenly slow down during the month of December.

Consider: added girth or gained pounds could indicate a lack of balance between too many calories in…too few burned off. Consider too a recent study by Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital report, “About 12 minutes of acute cardiopulmonary exercise (may) affect more than 80 percent of circulating metabolites, including pathways linked to a wide range of favorable health outcomes.” Researcher Gregory Lewis, section head of Heart Failure at MGH and senior author of the study summarized,“What was striking to us was the effects a brief bout of exercise can have on such key bodily functions as insulin resistance, oxidative stress, vascular reactivity, inflammation, and longevity,”

OHI instructor JoRene’s classes always include “cardiopulmonary exercises.” The goal here is to exercise with common sense. After taking a break from exercise, another fact to heed: exercise with common sense and when necessary, advice from the doctor. Getting back into a regular routine should start with personal physical kindness, not punishment.

Class participant Kim says it best. “At the beginning of the epidemic, I found it easy and very useful to get into the routine of daily workouts, with Monday and Wednesday classes with JoRene.  As the epidemic continued, I have gone through spells of being lazier and have found it more difficult to get my exercise clothes on and workout.  But, when I stop exercising regularly, I am much more tired, don’t sleep as well, have more aches and pains, and just don’t feel as well.  I find those downsides will get me motivated to get back into an exercise routine.  The classes with JoRene are uplifting and it is a good feeling to know others are making the same effort to take the class.  Plus it’s great to see smiling faces!”

Especially now.

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