If you’re lacking motivation and want to shape up for summer – a pedometer and 10,000 steps a day could be the answer you’re looking for.

Research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day can significantly improve your health, assist with weight loss and also help lower blood pressure. If that’s not motivation enough, take a look at all these other health benefits you can gain by walking regularly…

I began having moderate to severe health issues at the age of 17.  For two years my condition was inaccurately diagnosed as an infection of the GHI tract and treated with multiple courses of antibiotics.  This resulted in my health deteriorating with symptoms of weight loss, low energy, a constantly upset stomach, and much increased susceptibility to common respiratory illnesses.

The focus of the last hundred years (as far as diet was concerned) was about adding physical size and the easiest way to get that size was to eat lots of carbohydrates. The focus was not so much on the quality of the food, but the amount (as measured in calories or kilojoules). By eating more food, there is no doubt that humans grow bigger and taller, but we have also become much fatter.  I tend to think today that the reason we are encouraged to consume the volumes of carbohydrates we do, is because it’s the only way to feed 6 billion people living on the planet. Foods like steak and fish are a lot more expensive than bowls of rice or potatoes.

One of the most common things people want assistance with in today’s society is weight loss. As our lives become more sedentary and our food becomes more processed, an increased number of people are facing obesity and obesity related illnesses. The World Health Organization now describes the prevalence of obesity as an epidemic. For some people, the problem becomes so desperate that they have no choice but to consider surgery in order to get their body back to a place where it will respond to a healthy diet.

Alex Flint, 34, has been in the fitness industry for 14 years. He leads a busy working and family life often rising at 4am to run a successful personal training business; where he trains busy CEO’s, pro-athletes, mother’s and office workers alike, using the latest technology such as Bio Signature, which calculates the how your hormones are effecting your weight loss. Alex is also a fitness lecturer and often doesn’t get home until after 8pm when he then spends time with his wife and two children.

While the matter of losing those post-Christmas holiday pounds may be weighing on your shoulders as much as the spare tyre around your middle, the equation of shedding unwanted weight is a relatively simple one – eat fewer kilojoules (energy) than you are burning daily.  It can be simply a matter of making different food choices and/or doing more exercise. There are no tricks, no scams, no expensive meal replacements and above all, no dieting – which incidentally has been proclaimed by a leading researcher to be “the leading cause of obesity in North America.”

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