Obstructive sleep apnea is a common occurrence in obese people and unfortunately the rate of obesity is climbing, not just in developed countries but worldwide. Much has been written about the obesity problem and its solution. The simplest answer and one well within the reach of everyone is cultivating and maintaining healthy eating habits and adding regular exercise.
We covered eating and nutrition in the previous article, and now will look at exercise for weight loss.
Exercise is as equally important as proper eating in maintaining good health. A sedentary lifestyle is hazardous to your health. You need to make exercise a part of your daily routine. Body movement powers your lymphatic system, which helps eliminate toxins from your body.
Include your children in the exercise period as well. It builds your relationship with them, as well as keeping them healthy from a young age. (More on this later.)
Losing excess weight should be a gradual process and exercise is an excellent way to achieve that ideal weight range.
Either exercise for half an hour each day or split that into ten-minute sessions. Take your age and physical condition into consideration and, if you have any doubts, consult your doctor.
Most people quit because they feel pain after the second and third day of exercise. Some are in agony from day one and decide it is all too hard. Do not be too ambitious at the start.
Begin really slow. Do ten minutes of walking and then the next day, increase that to eleven. As you gain more confidence, increase it further. You will find that, if you exceed your threshold, you quickly develop muscle pain.
If that happens, do not give up. Lower the intensity instead and continue with some exercise. If you persist past the fifth exercise session, your body will adjust and you will be thrilled to be exercising with less discomfort.
You can always start off by doing simple stretching and cardiovascular exercises. It is better not to strain; just develop an effective exercising schedule over a period of time. This reduces chances of injuries and sprains. It is your exercise regime and you can best fit it within the demands of your lifestyle.
Walking is the best form of exercise. You can try walking to your workplace, or ignore the lift and climb the stairs. Walk briskly, so that you raise a sweat. Jog in the neighborhood park.
You can also try aerobics, swimming, pilates or yoga. Use your leisure time to pull the weeds in your garden or join sports activities.
Ancient Greek philosophers agreed: 'healthy body, healthy mind.' With exercise you rebalance your body and its functions more efficiently. You will discover that you think better, perform faster and are able to keep going for longer.
Exercise helps the mind to produce creative ideas and positive thoughts that will further enhance your health. It's a self-enhancing loop of positive feedback.
There's also brain entrainment technology to give you a helping hand with your mental thought processes. Most of us have such negativity in our own internal conversations and thought patterns, it's a wonder that anything ever gets done. By fine tuning your brain-wave patterns and training through the use of scientific brain entrainment technology, you will find that you think better and are able to maximize your potential.
Now you have three different areas that can dramatically improve your situation; food, exercise and mind training.
Exercise Your Way to Relief from Sleep Apnoea and Snoring – Children's Edition
We have already covered lifestyle, healthy eating and regular exercise. We must also remember the impact that obesity-caused sleeping disorders can have on children and what parents and children can do about it.
Children, specifically, have a hard time – especially at school. If your child is overweight, he or she is likely to be laughed at in school. These leads to problems of self-esteem, which may affect their ability and motivation to learn. If a child is not performing academically, then teachers and parents become overly concerned and may rate him as ungifted. But do they recognize the real cause?
Research has uncovered that many childhood problems are due to development of bad eating and exercising habits during early childhood. Sorry parents, but most of you just do not know enough about food and exercise, yet mothers are supposed to be the nutritionist in the family. Also, the increasing toxic load on our bodies just makes it much more difficult to maintain a healthy balance in mind and body.
So, the child goes into a downward down spiral, their self-image crashes and their weight skyrockets. Even when the physical problems are eliminated, the child still has to contend with the deteriorating self-image.
This is where brain entrainment can be particularly useful. Some children do not sleep well because of their inner thoughts, some because of self-image issues, others because of fear, doubt and even guilt. You can not even begin to imagine how a child feels when they let their parents down. It is probably on the same level as accidentally 'killing' one of their parents, it is that traumatic.
Add to that mix, the stress of parental statements for good behavior, good grades, good friends and you have a recipe for disaster.
In conclusion, by living a balanced lifestyle, you can maintain – and improve – your health and avoid many diseases and morbid conditions. That goes for children as well. A balanced lifestyle involves a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein, whole grains, and less milk products, meat and carbohydrates.
Add regular exercise and you will be on top of your game.