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September 2008 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Normal Weight Obesity, Regular Exercise and Cholesterol
Date:9/2/2008

nd abnormal cholesterol levels and insulin resistance. These metabolic abnormalities significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Another way to determine an unhealthy level of body fat is by measuring your waist. In women, a waist measurement of 35 inches or more indicates an increased risk of developing obesity-related health problems.

The solution to excess body fat, even for those of normal weight, is to exercise more and eat a healthier diet.

No More Excuses: Ways to Overcome Barriers to Regular Exercise

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Finding excuses not to exercise is easy. The September issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers ways to overcome common barriers with some creativity, flexibility and a different mindset. Here's a sample:

Excuse: I don't have time to exercise.

-- Schedule exercise in your day as you would an appointment. If you wait to find time, it probably won't happen.

-- Turn off the TV. Free up time by watching one less program.

-- Think activity rather than exercise. Mow the lawn; climb the stairs; park farther from your destination.

Excuse: I'm too old.

-- It's never too late to start. Even moderate physical activity, such as walking or raking leaves, can help prevent or delay age-associated conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Excuse: I'm too tired to exercise.

-- Realize that exercising increases energy. You may be tired because you're not exercising, or not getting enough sleep. Go to bed earlier.

-- Be prepared. Have workout clothes ready on top of the dresser. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator. Simple shortcuts may make it easier to see plans through.

-- Make lunchtime count. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk and take a brisk walk during your lunch break.

Excuse: I'm self-conscious about how I look when I exercise.

-- Others probably feel the same
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