When it comes to battling their weight, women have it worse than men. No, it’s not because there are physiological differences between men and women that make it harder for the latter to lose weight; it’s only because they add on the pounds during their pregnancies (or pregnancy) and then have trouble losing them once the baby is born. But the fairer sex does have one huge advantage over the stronger sex – they live longer because of their low testosterone levels. But there’s no use of living longer if you’re going to be plagued by ill health and disease, so it’s imperative that women pay attention to their health at every stage of their lives.
When in high school and college, it’s necessary to stay fit and slim because you don’t want to be teased and ostracized for being “the fat one”. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but when you’re a teenager, external appearances matter much more than they should. So if you want to fit in, you must take the fitness route if you’re overweight or tend to put on weight fast.
Once you’re done with college, you enter the professional world, and you soon realize that it’s not all that different from school. People don’t take overweight women seriously unless they’re able to prove themselves. So again, if you want to prove your worth, it’s worth your while to watch your weight. There’s another hidden benefit to staying slim when you’re in your 20s and 30s. If you’re looking to get married and start a family, it’s been proved that overweight women are less fertile than their slimmer counterparts.
Once you have a baby, it gets even more difficult to maintain your weight. Unfortunately, most of us are not as lucky as those celebrities who have no trouble at all losing all that baby weight in just a few short weeks after junior arrives. But since we’re mere mortals, we have to huff and puff really hard to burn that additional weight away. And with the baby to look after as well, there’s hardly any time to spend on exercise – you prefer to sleep or catch up on your work if you have a few minutes of free time.
But if you’re smart, you’ll realize the wisdom of setting up a workout routine as soon as possible after your delivery because:
- The longer you wait, the harder it is to get started and the more weight you gain.
- Exercising after pregnancy brings you various health benefits.
- You feel much better about yourself when you sweat it out and start to lose weight.
- You don’t suffer from post-partum depression.
- You go on a healthy diet which in turn is good for your baby if you’re breastfeeding.
- It’s the best way to maintain your weight.
- It’s the best route to good health.
- It’s a proven way to fight disease and keep illness away.
- It helps you live a long and healthy life.