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8 Cold, Hard Truths About Exercise

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    How depressing for newbies like myself :(
  • MZMOCK810
    When I'm working out I am always saying to myself "If I just keep doing it I will learn to love it" or "If I keep it up I will become one of those people that loves to workout". Patiently day by day I wait for that switch to flip where I look forward to working out and love it.

    Reading this article actually helped propel me through my second workout today as I started thinking "Hardly anybody loves working out". It made me feel better to know that it feels like a "chore" to pretty much everybody. Knowing that most people feel the same way about it as I do helped me to feel like I'm not alone and that there's not something wrong with me because I don't enjoy working out despite how long I've been doing it.
  • Great article. I love the ring of truth ... and many of these I have discovered by trial and error.

    "Routine is the exercise enemy" was hard for me to hear. But I appreciate having to look at that now. Thank you.
    Awesome article that as it's written by a pro, we (especially those of us not in the business) should really pay serious attention to! She won top honors in this business. As she points out exercise is only half, but 50% is a lot of anything, so we got to figure out how to get some in our lives. Anyone who reads this will know 1 if they're doing it right, 2 what is and what is not exercise 3 how much/ how long/ in min. and how long over all (in your life). This site hired the best person to write this article.

    The only thing I might add is when I used to go to gyms I never wanted to work out as hard as the employees that were showing me the different machines as I wanted to work up to a fit level and not get hurt going too fast. I learned from my (very bright and fit) boyfriend that one should work at around 80%, 70 is too easy, and 90 is only for serious athletes in the Olympics etc. He showed me how counting my pulse etc. did the math for me, but trainers, gym employees or googleing it can tell you also.
  • HILLSLUG98239
    "Some people don't like exercise."

    Then don't exercise. Find an activity you love, and do it. I commute by bike, and my normal round-trip burns about a thousand calories. I switched to triathlon last year, so I no longer go for 6-hour bike rides on the weekends, but those rides would burn thousands of calories. But that's not why I did it. I did it because I love riding a bike.

    These "truths" shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. We live very cushy lives. We have remote controls that allow us to watch television for hours without ever moving. We "dial" a telephone number by puching buttons. Even typing this on a computer's keyboard is using less energy than typing it on a manual typewriter would have used.

    So you can whine about life being hard, or you can rejoice in how easy our lives are and pledge to challenge yourself to keep your body fit.
  • I didn't find this article depressing but it just proves you need to find something you enjoy doing so you won't want to quite doing it. If all I could do was run I wouldn't be able to stick to it because I don't really enjoy it. Now dancing or working out to DVD's that's for me. I can see myself doing those things for the rest of my life. Yes, if you quite moving you will start to deteriorate. It is a fact.
  • The tone of the article seems right, though I'm not sure if the facts are. I also believe that a level of fitness sufficient to permit an active and agile lifestyle may be enough, and constantly reaching for new heights or changing routines and seeking new challenges may not be necessary to live in a healthy and comfortable way, unless, of course, exercising itself is your recreation.
  • MZMOCK810
    I won't deny that this article was hard to take in, however, no matter how discouraging it may seem...keep moving. No matter what, keep moving.
  • Some people have said this is depressing and discouraging - well I understand that. I suggest you try to see the bigger picture. You have to move, whether you call it exercise or not. If you stop moving you will lose alot. I have relatives that literally lost the ability to WALK because of inactivity. I'm 54, and yes it gets a little harder as you get older, but IMO "slowing down" will be detrimental. All the same, I'm dealing with a lower backache and sometimes my knees hurt. But neither one of those is as bad as having to use one of those electric carts in WalMart, or ending up a diabetic like my siblings. And yes, it's a little frustrating that the 1 1/2 hours I spend grocery shopping doesn't count as "exercise," but I also understand why it doesn't. Last year I did have some stomach problems that pretty much knocked me out of running, and I gained almost 10 lbs as a result. I'm trying to get back into running, and BOY, have I lost some strength and stamina! Of course I want to lose the weight, but I also want to build up my endurance and muscle tone for my back and knees. Like the author said, you gotta keep doing it - move it or lose it!
  • It's so important to like the exercise you do. I love triathlons and training for it, becuase it requires so many varieties of workouts that I can never get bored :)
  • While these certainly are truths, they are total bummers to contemplate. I am so tired of everything having to be so hard.
  • This is good. Thanks for sharing.
  • Needed to read that.
    Of all the cold, hard truths mentioned, you skipped right over the very small impact that exercise has on weight loss. You would have to spend hours on a treadmill or other machine to even have the smallest impact on weight loss. Fitness level, musculature, yes, fine. Weight loss, no. Think about it: 200 C in one workout on the treadmill, 5 X per week (or the equivalent) and you've burned 1000 C, which is just over a quarter of a pound. While there are many benefits of exercise, weight loss is not always one of them. It's shamelessly oversold for that purpose.
  • Thanks for the concise list! I have had to self-discover a couple of these eight cold truths, and was in denial about some of them until recently. Unfortunately, it took me until age 58 to really pull it all together. I am still coming to terms on the ‘forever’ truth. I think there is a need to mention within the eight truths how increasingly important knowing these truths becomes as we age.

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