Nutrition and Fitness

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Nutrition and Fitness
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December 3, 2012

Nutrition and Fitness
Nutrition and physical exercise are essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Each is valuable but together provide the most benefits. Consuming the right amount of nutrients can improve your physical performance, and exercise can help our bodies to use these nutrients resourcefully. This paper will discuss my current fitness and nutritional habits, explain the dangers of obesity, and identify new fitness and nutritional habits that I can incorporate into my lifestyle. I would consider my current fitness to be above average. Ever since I was in grade school I’ve always participated in a team sport and as I grew older, I’ve made a continuous effort to exercise 4 to 5 times a week. As for my eating habits, I don’t always eat as well as I should, but I am putting in more effort now than ever before to make better nutritious decisions. Obesity is the result of an excessive high amount of body fat. BMI (Body Mass Index) does not directly measure body fat but relates with the amount of body fat. When determining obesity, it is vital to consider fat distribution throughout the body, and body fat deposits. Obesity is a complex health issue because there are many different factors that play a part in obesity (Donatelle, "Chapter 9, Managing Your Weight, Overweight or Obese?," 2010). Obese people have a higher chance of developing gallstones, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, triglycerides, coronary artery disease, and other conditions ("Obesity - Health Risks Of Obesity", 2012). The human body benefits the most when five major components are incorporated in an exercise program. The five major components are aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, core training, stretching, and balance training (Kucinski, 2012). Three new fitness habits I can incorporate in my lifestyle include stretching properly, making fitness goals for myself, and create more variety in my...