One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children have clinical obesity, meaning six million Canadians living with obesity may require immediate support in managing and controlling their weight. As a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer, the condition impacts those who have obesity, their families, employers, neighbours, health practitioners and governments.

The impact of weight bias and stigma against people with obesity is comparable to that of racial discrimination, and it’s just as common. Obesity stigma translates into significant inequities in employment, health, health care and education, often due to widespread negative stereotypes that persons with obesity are lazy, unmotivated or lacking in self‐discipline.

Canadian Obesity Network

Obesity rates in adults have doubled since the 1980s. As if that wasn’t a number scary enough, the situation among children is far worse: children obesity rates almost tripled over the last 30 years.

Here are some stats closer to home, Huron County takes the title for the highest obesity rate in Ontario in 2011-2012, with a whopping 37.1% of the adult population rated as obese. Weighing in close behind are Perth, Chatham-Kent, Lambton and Oxford — all with levels above 30%.

Spinning is an indoor aerobic conditioning program utilizing stationary exercise bikes or your bike and a trainer. It is performed in a group setting with the help of an instructor and/or spinning DVD. During the class you vary your pace -- sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. This helps you to focus inwardly and work on your mind as well as your body.

What are the specific benefits?

  • Increases aerobic capacity and endurance
  • Increases leg strength and protects against injury
  • Pedaling in smooth circles improves efficiency
  • Pedaling in smooth circles recruits and trains more muscle groups, not just the quads, improving muscular endurance
  • Increases suppleness or the ability to change cadence quickly and smoothly without changing gears
  • Keeps your butt "broken in"
  • The group setting improves individual motivation
  • The presence of the instructor ensures a properly performed and efficient workout
  • Instructor feedback wiil cure you of bad habits and improve your cycling technique

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