Visceral fat is tucked away in the abdominal cavity. It can build up into unhealthy levels, damaging your health, but isn't always visible. How can you shift the unwanted health risk?
During this coronavirus pandemic, people are allowed outside of their homes for one form of daily exercise.
Aerobic exercise is the best way to reduce levels of visceral fat.
Also known as cardio, researchers from the Imperial College School of Medicine, in London, attested that moderate aerobic exercise over extended periods of time – in this case, six months – leads to loss of visceral fat levels.
Researchers from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition, in Japan, found that light jogging is required for visceral fat reduction.
Jogging is considered aerobic exercise – and it doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going.
Getting the motivation to go outside for a jog can be hard for some people.
The trick is to just go out and do it – even if you don't feel like it.
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It may help some people to put on their jogging gear and trainers to get themselves in the mood.
During these unprecedented times, routine has been touted as essential.
Why not making a daily jogging session part of your daily routine?
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Actioning a daily jog will reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other health complications.
Medical New Today report that high levels of visceral fat can increase a person's risk of heart attacks, raised blood pressure, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
How can you tell if you're carrying too much visceral fat? Look at your body shape.
Take a look in the mirror. Are you an "apple" shape? Does your belly protrude outwards?
If so, you're likely to be carrying high levels of visceral fat and you're putting your health at risk.
Any fat you can grab in between your hands is subcutaneous fat.
Subcutaneous fat is in the deepest layer of your skin.
Large amount of subcutaneous fat is linked with high levels of visceral fat.
One way to find out whether or not your weight is a health risk is to determine your body mass index (BMI).
The NHS have an online BMI calculator that works it out for you.
Even if you have a trim figure, you may also have high levels of visceral fat building up around your organs.
This is why jogging can help everybody who engages with it.