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8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love

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  • People need to chill here. If you're this resentful for hearing the truth about attaining and maintaining your health, you're deluding yourselves. It's unpleasant, and she did call the article "cold, hard truths," but that's the situation. Accept it. There is no magic bullet. If your quality of life matters, you'll listen. - 1/18/2014 12:28:44 PM
  • LOLA_LALA
    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. - 12/9/2013 8:14:13 PM
  • ....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. - 11/16/2013 10:31:05 AM
  • This article is realistic. Thanks, Coach Nicole! - 11/14/2013 6:09:22 PM
  • SHARPEI7
    This article is downright discouraging. - 11/10/2013 9:56:52 AM
  • I believe that all forms of movement helps. - 11/10/2013 6:53:44 AM
  • 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. - 11/9/2013 7:46:06 AM
  • 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. - 11/6/2013 8:41:54 PM
  • Great article. Thank you. That's why I try to do different exercise. - 11/6/2013 6:22:08 PM
  • 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.
    - 11/6/2013 6:13:06 PM
  • I like to reward myself for exercising with some other activity I enjoy. So, time in the spa, steam room or sauna after a workout is a great reward for me. - 11/4/2013 4:33:48 PM
  • 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 - 11/4/2013 4:32:27 PM
  • 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. - 11/4/2013 3:59:30 PM
  • Excellent article - the hard truth we pretend does not exist and end up only fooling ourselves. Thanks for the honesty. This is the kind of thing I really like to see. - 11/4/2013 2:07:48 PM
  • OK everyone, calm down and re-read the article with an open mind please.

    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. - 11/4/2013 10:55:51 AM

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