Staying healthy while living a modern lifestyle that involves remaining home a lot of the time is an exciting proposition. Many individuals these days work from home and otherwise spend most of their time inside. This necessitates at-home workouts for these people in order to stay in shape. However, many people do not have the equipment necessary to do gym-like workouts at home, so modifications will have to be made. Having said this, there are a variety of options for people wishing to work out at home, requiring minimal equipment that we will be going over.
Need for Physical Activity
The importance of physical activity cannot be overstated. Physical activity is necessary for overall health, and the American Heart Association recommends it. In fact, the AHA suggests 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity a week for all persons. This type of exercise is not only good for you, but it can stave off the deleterious effects of obesity, which is a condition that affects many Americans. More than two-thirds of all Americans are overweight, and a third suffer from obesity. These states of existence can lead to numerous health problems and overall increased mortality. To put it simply, you will not live as long if you are overweight or obese.
Consequences of Obesity
The destructive effects on the body of obesity, almost all of which are reversible once a return to a normal body fat level is achieved, are numerous and severe. We will go over, in detail, the effects of obesity on several vital organs and bodily systems below.
Heart and Circulatory System
Obesity can cause high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. This results in the weakening of critical arteries as well as plaque buildup in the arteries, obstructing them. It can also lead to coronary heart disease, early heart attack, and congestive heart failure.
The lungs can also be affected by obesity severely. This includes both conditions themselves as well as complications from other issues. For example, the risk of complications during general anesthesia is far higher in obese individuals. Additionally, obesity puts you at a much greater risk of severe Covid-19. Obesity can also cause obstructive sleep apnea, in which a person stops breathing at points while asleep. There is also obesity hypoventilation syndrome, in which obese individuals do not breathe deeply or long enough, leading to chronically depleted oxygen levels in their bodies.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be precipitated by obesity, which is when excess adipose tissue (fat) builds up in the liver. This condition severely impairs the function of the liver and can lead to liver cirrhosis. Hepatic (liver) cirrhosis is when scar tissue as a result of liver disease impairs the function of the liver. Obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is itself often a consequence of obesity, are the most common comorbidities for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Chronic renal failure can be the result of obesity as well. This is an end-stage kidney disease in which there is a gradual loss of kidney function over a period of months. Chronic renal failure can be caused by diabetes or hypertension, both of which are exceedingly common with obesity. Total kidney failure can result in lifelong dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant.
Various skin conditions can also be caused by obesity, such as lymphedema. This is when the body’s lymphatic system is compromised, so localized swelling occurs. Obesity can also cause cellulitis and hirsutism. The variety of skin problems that exist in severely obese people is almost endless because they often have skin folds that they cannot reach, which accumulate various rashes, such as intertrigo, which go unnoticed until close examination by a doctor occurs.
Finally, obesity can have incredibly harmful effects on hormone levels. Low testosterone among obese men is extremely common, and this condition can cause depression, a higher risk of certain forms of cancer, and a whole host of other issues. Obesity can also cause PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and diabetes. Diabetes itself can result in everything from digit necrosis leading to amputation to blindness in severe cases. None of these conditions are things that you want to have. Not to mention, obesity increases the chances of birth defects or miscarriages in women.
Working From Home
Now that you realize that being overweight or obese is no joke and presents serious hazards to your health let’s talk about working from home now. Working from home has become more and more common since the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, and with these changes in employment environment, there have been significant changes to many people’s activity levels. Since so many people are no longer going to work physically, they no longer have the opportunity to stop by the gym on their way back from work. For this reason, more and more people are in need of ways to work out at home.
At Home Workouts
There are a variety of ways to stay in shape at home, but they should all start with some cardiovascular exercise. This can mean going for a run down the street after work, or it can mean jump roping in place for 20 minutes during your break every day. Cardio includes any activity that gets your heart beating fast, such as running, rollerblading, cycling, jump roping, etc. You should ideally perform at least 150 minutes of cardio a week, so that is about 30 minutes a day during the work week. You can combine this with basic calisthenic routines in order to have a more well-rounded resistance workout.
This is an under-discussed aspect of at-home workouts, as it can be easy to lose motivation while at home near your tv, computer, and refrigerator. The key techniques we suggest for maintaining motivation are to keep workouts short so you don’t lose interest and to keep your mind on the goal. The goal is overall health, so think of your exercising as saving money in the bank. You make periodic deposits throughout the week, in the form of workouts, in order to have enough to retire when you’re older (maintain your health into old age).
In order to recover from a workout, it is important to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water or another electrolyte-rich beverage. Additionally, be sure to take a hot shower after any calisthenics or resistance training in order to soothe the muscles involved. It is also important to get a good night’s sleep after working out, so be sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep a night if possible. If you are particularly sore after a workout, you can take an Epsom salt bath to help assuage the soreness.
How Laser Fat Reduction Can Help
Laser lipolysis, also referred to as “laser lipo,” involves the application of a low-intensity laser. Lasers can generate singular-directional light and heat to a minimal area. With laser lipo, the technician will target the cell with the laser. The laser penetrates the skin, reaches the targeted fat cells, and bores a tiny pore into the cellular membrane. In addition to creating the small hole, the laser emulsifies (melts) the lipids inside the cell, which allows them to seep through the pore. The body’s lymphatic system then naturally disposes of the lipids. Emerald Laser by Erchonia works differently from other laser lipolysis methods. Emerald’s system uses ten 532 nanometer lasers to target fat cells. While the system allows the cells to drain, they remain intact.
Other laser systems destroy the fat cells, which can lead to fatty deposits developing in other areas of the body. Additionally, Emerald Laser is relatively painless when compared to other laser systems. Most patients don’t feel anything at all. Laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive weight loss method that targets body fat exclusively. It is innovative and relatively new, and it is a way for you to offer a service that is not yet widely available. Laser lipolysis by Emerald Laser is the first FDA-approved laser lipolysis process. Offering this treatment would allow you to corner the market for laser fat reduction in your area.
Why Choose Emerald Laser by Erchonia
Even if you’re sold on laser lipolysis, it’s important to recognize that all laser lipolysis processes are different. The Emerald Laser method has several significant features that other laser lipo processes don’t:
- Emerald Laser is relatively painless when compared to other laser systems.
- Emerald is the only laser system approved by the FDA for individuals with a BMI over 30.
- Erchonia is a pioneer in the medical fat reduction industry. They received the first FDA market clearance for a body fat reduction laser. Since that time, Erchonia has received multiple FDA market clearances.
- With packages ranging from $1,500 to $2,500, Emerald is one of the most cost-effective weight loss systems on the market.