Your fitness level may be more important to overall health than body weight when it comes to life expectancy. We sometimes get caught up in the number of pounds lost and lose focus on the more important benefits of fitness.

Improving or even just maintaining your fitness level can help you live longer, regardless of whether your body weight has stayed the same or even gone up. One’s fitness level has more of an impact on cardiovacular disease, and ultimately, mortality, than a change in pounds. You, therefore, should continue to exercise even if you are not seeing overt physical changes. Don’t get me wrong, you will eventually reach weight goals through  proper diet and exercising but the main objective should be overall health.