At this time of year we can all be feeling the extra bulge as we try to zip up our skinny jeans. The festivities, including more eating and drinking than normal, can take its toll. And now we are at the start of a brand new year; there may be many of us looking to set goals, resolutions for change, as well as stopping things that are holding us back.
So if you’re feeling the bulge and have some health problems as a side effect, losing weight could be just what you need. Even a few pounds can make a difference to your health. Speaking to a medical professional can be a good idea before making major lifestyle changes, though. Here are some signs that you might need to make a few changes.
It is Uncomfortable to Exercise
Whether you like it or not, being active and taking part in some exercise and physical activity is a must. But if your current weight is making it uncomfortable to exercise, then losing some weight can make the whole thing a much more enjoyable process. When you enjoy it, you are much more likely to stick to it too.
You’re Always Tired
If you are someone that rarely gets a good night’s sleep, snores pretty loudly or even feels exhausted after eight hours of sleep, then you could suffer with a condition like sleep apnea where your breathing and it being irregular makes sleeping difficult. Losing weight is a quick fix to solving this kind of problem.
You Have Varicose Veins
Unfortunately, we women are much more prone to getting varicose veins than our male counterparts. And there are a few more things that could make it even more likely. So if you’re an overweight female with a history of varicose veins, then losing weight or heading to a vein clinic could be your only options. Exercise can help, as well as regular massages, and of course, losing weight.
You’re in Pain
If you find that things like you’re hips, knees, and back are hurting regularly, then it could be due to excess weight. When you weigh more, it is simply the case of having more pressure on your joints and the tissues around them wearing down. So again, losing weight can help the pressure on your joints.
Your Clothes Are Feeling Tighter
As we age and grow we are all going to put on a little more weight. But if you have been putting on more and more weight each year since you can remember, then it is time to look at what the cause is. Once you’ve stopped doing your growing, then it could be worth speaking to your doctor who may be able to recommend some behavioural changes that could help, as well as looking into any other underlying issues.
So if you think you may need to lose weight to see an improvement in your health, then it is worth getting a second opinion. Steady changes to your diet and lifestyle can mean lasting changes to your health.
Are you planning on getting fitter or losing weight in 2018?
Have you set yourself any health goals? I would love to know in the comments 🙂