So what do you all think? Is the author's point on the mark, totally wacko or somewhere in between?
I do agree with much of what he says, but don't agree with the headline or the spin he put on it.
The fact is that, yes, we do need to get moving more. And yes, we do need to value moderate 'everyday' exercise a lot more than we do.
I don't have cable tv, so I've never seen any of the 'Biggest Loser' shows but I get the impression that the participants exercise pretty hard core.
I have some concerns about people who are significantly overweight thinking that's what they need to do. Especially without competent supervision by a trained professional.
I think most fitness programs and fitness professionals have no idea how to factor an extra 100+lbs into a person's prescribed workout intensity.
I've had intense discussions with fitness fanatic friends, some of whom are personal trainers about this. They complain at how 'whiny' some of their overweight clients are about how hard box jumps, squats and jumping jacks are.
I've challenged them to try their regular workouts with one of their kids on their backs or a weighted vest with even 50lbs on it.
So far no one's taken me up on it. And they still refuse to get how much more difficult it is for these people.
So yeah, the hard core fitness mentality has got to go. Unless that's your thing AND you know what you're doing.
My concern is that people will just use the headline as an excuse to not exercise. And that's bad.
People need to wrap their minds around the fact that exercise has specific benefits to the body of which weight loss is a small part. Yeah it's really, really, important, but if you're losing weight, you're going to be able to create a much more effective calorie deficit with your diet.
Oh well. I guess 'Time' got what they wanted. The headline is controversial. People are talking about it and reading it.
Edited by: SASSERFRASS at: 8/20/2009 (15:55)
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