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“Al­though it’s fine to feel un­com­fort­able some mo­ments when you’re train­ing, in the real world, you should be able to deal with bursts of ex­er­cise with­out feel­ing like you’re about to keel over,” Cu­nico says. “If you’re un­com­fort­able when run­ning to catch a bus or train, climb­ing a few flights of stairs, or pick­ing your child/pet off the ground, it may be time to think about what you can

do about this.” “Tired­ness can be from many causes, in­clud­ing be­ing over­weight and un­fit,” Dr Ron­ald McCoy, spokesper­son for The Royal Aus­tralian Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers, says. “See your doc­tor to find out the cause of tired­ness. Es­pe­cially in the case of be­ing over­weight, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and life­style nutri­tion changes can help get the en­ergy back.”

If you have ex­cess fat in your body, you could be pro­duc­ing ex­cess es­tro­gen, which stud­ies have linked to breast can­cer and other kinds of hor­mones that may pro­mote tu­mour growth.growth A US study found that 7 per cent of new can­cer cases in women were due to obe­sity. If your fam­ily has a his­tory of can­cer, keep your weight to a healthy level to avoid fur­ther risk. Re­search from the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physicians (ACP) has found that those who snore, or have sleep ap­noea, may help treat their con­di­tion through weight loss. Ac­cord­ing to the ACP, peo­ple who are over­weight have ex­tra tis­sue in the back of their throat, which can fall down over the air­way and block their air­flow while they sleep. Los­ing just 10 per cent of body weight can have a pos­i­tive ef­fect, while shift­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ki­los can cure the con­di­tion, the ACP says. If you fre­quently feel hun­gry and con­stantly raid the fridge be­cause you never feel full, this may be an in­di­ca­tor that you’re at risk of type 2 di­a­betes or are in­sulin re­sis­tant, symp­toms which can come about due to ex­cess weight.

“A low rest­ing heart rate, and the abil­ity for your heart rate to re­cover from a bout of ex­er­cise, are in­di­ca­tors of a healthy heart and op­ti­mal weight,” Cu­nico says. “The larger your body, the more your heart must work to sup­ply it with blood. Los­ing weight can help slow an el­e­vated heart rate.” “Gen­er­alised body aches and pains can be an in­di­ca­tion of an un­der­ly­ing con­di­tion, in­clud­ing be­ing over­weight,” McCoy says. “Even if there’s a con­di­tion like arthri­tis, weight re­duc­tion can re­sult in a ma­jor im­prove­ment in en­ergy and help re­duce pains.”

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