Am I overweight?
Overweight is defined as having a body mass index between 25 – 29.9 kg/m2.
Obesity is defined as having a body mass index greater than 30 km/m2.
You can work out your body mass index using your bodyweight in kilograms and height in metres.
What are the risks of being overweight or obese?
Being overweight or obese is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer and some musculoskeletal injuries.
Viewed another way, if you are currently overweight, you can significantly reduce your risk of chronic conditions such as these by reducing your bodyweight.
What type of exercise is best for people who are overweight?
The goals of exercise for people who are overweight are to maximise the amount of energy expenditure to enhance the amount of weight loss, as well as establish a lifestyle that includes regular activity that is sustainable for the rest of their lives. Our exercise physiologists at Glebe Physio are well experienced in prescribing exercise programs for weight loss and have the following tips:
• Most people should aim to begin with 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, at least 5 days per week. Moderate aerobic activity is any exercise that leads to a modest increase in your breathing and heart rate including activities such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling and dancing.
• Aim to gradually increase the duration and/or intensity of your activity. For best results, you should be aiming to build up to 60 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, at least 5 days per week.
• Include resistance exercise as part of your program to ensure you gain the benefits of increased muscle strength, improved bone mineral density and improved support for your joints. Resistance exercise includes weights, resistance bands or body-weight exercises, and should be included twice per week for 20-30 minutes.
• Choose activities that you find enjoyable and can see yourself maintaining for many years to come.