Excess body fat is associated with the most common health problems in America. Yet the good news is that even losing 5-10% of of your body weight can help to improve your health and to decrease risk for all these conditions, which include diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, and heart disease among others. This means that if you weigh 180lbs, and lose 9 pounds you will already start to reduce some of your health risks, even if you remain overweight. Then the more weight you continue to lose, the more you will improve your condition.
If you want to increase your energy levels, to sleep better, to improve your mood, and generally feel better, start to exercise, or increase your activity levels and exercise more. The more you exercise the better it is for you. If you don’t exercise at all, try adding a five minute walk to your routine every day, then gradually add more time. Make it your goal to get an hour’s exercise every day. Try to find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine by doing things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking in the farthest spot from the store, or meet a friend for a walk in the park instead of a coffee and pastry. The CDC has some good information about getting started on an exercise regime.
An interesting link to how exercise benefits nerve cells.