Vo2 Max is the measure of maximum oxygen intake by the body during active exercise. The term stands for Volume of Oxygen Max. There is thought process that this is primarily a prerequisite for endurance athletes. I feel that anyone who is having excess fat in his/her abdominal cavity, which is called visceral fat should measure the VO2 max in a hospital under medical supervision. Once you find your VO2 max in a routine health check up you will be able to find out where your body has to position itself from a fitness and health perspective.
The other measure which is critical for weight loss is to measure your weight. You can get a simple weighing scale and measure your weight at least two weeks so that you move towards your ideal weight. Both these parameters go hand in hand. I would suggest you to take medical advice before you go for any physical activity especially if you are on the better side of 35.
For beginners to take baby steps, slow jogging by Prof Tanaka might be the best thing to happen. This is so slow,easy and fun and does not hurt your ankles and feet even on rough surfaces. My only point here is that you need to measure your metrics on a regular basis, be it Vo2 Max as well as your weight. Once you are able to measure your weight and VO2 max over time, you will be able to control these parameters too.
The most important thing in your weight loss journey is the food/diet management. There is an adage which goes like this ” we dig our graves with our teeth”. If we do not eat right, we might be responsible for our own fall. In this case, we land up in a hospital bed and cause mental and physical damage for self and our loved ones.
When I went to California for a course, I found that everyone was running and cycling. I was amazed at the level of fitness craze amongst the citizens there. Later, I found out that the medical expenses are so high there, that they do not want to fall sick. Its better to take care of your health in a cost effective manner than spending thousands of dollars at a hospital !!!!
I urge you to wear a mask and jog slow, so that there is a gradual and slow decrease of body fat. Remember, skin is the largest organ of the body. The fat is accumulated in two ways, under the skin which is called the sub cutaneous fat and the other dangerous fat deposit is called the visceral fat which gets deposited around our internal organs in the body.
I want your feedback in the comments tab on the areas which would be mutually beneficial for all. I am working on my visceral fat too, as anyone who is not able to see his/her toes has a serious tummy/flab issue. I shall share my run details tomorrow with you, so that you join me wherever you are and reduce fat one day at at time.