Well, I'm 62 and unable to do much exercise other than physical therapy. Nonetheless, my internist is very happy with my weight and BMI of 19.5, plus normal-range blood tests. So I wonder if our individual circumstances don't often override more general, broad-based exercise recommendations.
....So...does exercise really help us live longer, or does it just *seem* longer?
This article certainly makes it seem like the latter will be the truth. For those of us without HRMs, without hours a day to devote to nothing but fitness, who may be bound to our chairs by our careers, this sounds like a whole lot of "why bother?" If I can't exercise at top form for a long period, it's no use. If my exercise is routine, it's no use. If I'm not sweating bullets and running miles, it's no use. All those years of taking the stairs and parking far away were of no use. Sounds like we're back to "The only way to lose weight is to beat yourself to a pulp and live on plain lettuce."
I exercise -and I lift - because I like how it makes me feel, but I guess my belief that this effort was aiding my weight loss is just not right. Thanks for setting me straight on that, Nichole.
Someone who commented which is in her 60's was concerned about vigorous exercise. I recently read that vigorous exercise for post menopausal women is not recommended because it raises cortisol levels (stress hormone) which can increase diseases of many sorts (esp. heart) because we no longer have estrogen produced in our bodies to help keep that cortisol level in check. What IS recommended is leisurely walking for an hour or more each day and yoga for its calming effects. I do both and have been able to maintain my 95 lb weight loss.
After reading some of the comments, I had to read the article again since I didn't think the author was being negative at all. She says that all movement is worthwhile, but she is putting some cold hard facts in front of us. I thought she was encouraging us to strive to improve and I appreciate that.
Well, thanks for crapping all over my day. Coach Nicole, your tone makes me feel utterly hopeless. Sometimes "telling it like it is" can sound superior instead of helpful, and regardless of how true what you have written may be, the tone made this article just plain mean. I wish I had not read it. I already know what you have said. Every obese person probably knows it. But all of us need a bit more encouragement than the patronizing way you have expressed these truths.
While in theory, I agree that not all activities should be considered exercise, however, just because some activity doesn't burn a lot of calories doesn't mean it's not exercise or that you're not engaging in a workout.
For example, I engage in some core exercises and whe they don't burn a lot of calories or losing lbs, I am definitely building strength and muscles. Furthermore, I believe that a big part of how I've maintained my 62lb weight loss is that for several months I have been gaining muscle weight.
While I haven't lost any weight in months even though I'm still doing everything I did before, I am still losing inches/sizes. As far as I am concerned, that's more important to me than losing lbs because even though I weigh the same I an definitely leaner. JMHO
Thanks, that was a real eye opener. I enjoyed the truth in that article, exercise is forever, get used to it, mix it up, find somthing you like doing etc. etc. It reminds me it isn't a short term thing until you reach a certain weight goal. Thanks for the reality check.
OK everyone, calm down and re-read the article with an open mind please. Ü
It didn't say that little bits and pieces of routine exercise are totally useless and won't help at all, but it's saying that you will lose weight faster and keep the weight off easier if you challenge your body by doing different things and always upping the ante when it comes to exercise.
For you, that might mean little baby step differences and that's o.k. Like the thin farmer who doesn't even know what a gym shoe is, but every day, depending on the chore or the time of year he/she's out there exercising their body doing all kinds of different things, throwing hay bales, pulling weeds, riding horses, clearning land, mending fences, chopping wood, etc., exactly what the article recommends.
I for one like an article that challenges my notions and makes me think about what I might be able to do to tweak a few more pounds of weight loss out of my routine. I am definitely guilty of going to the gym in the morning and then being a couch potato the rest of the day. I'll watch that in the future. Thanks, I'm saving this for future reference. Ü
So if you can't do at least 10 min. of vigorous exercise, you're doomed! What about people with health problems who physically can't do even 10 min? Are you saying that they'll never lose weight, never become healthy? If that's the case, then why am I even bothering to try? According to your equation, I'm a hopeless case. Thanks a lot. I thought this was supposed to be a support group, not one that tears you down just because you can't do a 10 - 30 min vigorous workout!
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