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8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love



7/21/2012 5:33:07 PM

I have only truly lost weight when I was regularly exercising. Regular exercise keeps you focused too on making better food choices. When I quit exercising it all went downhill and I QUICKLY gained weight back.

Now I work full time. I really hate spending time JUST exercising because I have so many other things to do. What's working well right now for me is MULTI tasking. I don't really watch TV so exercising while doing that doesn't work too well. But I am combining exercising with my socializing time by walking or working out with friends and family.


7/20/2012 6:40:09 PM

TELERIE's SparkPage
I do love me some tough love. Those statements are absolutely spot on. I do need to be reminded that as my stamina increases, I need to train harder. The "two-day rule" for proper sweat-inducing exercise along with lots of random acts of fitness/activity is what I'm doing.


7/18/2012 12:57:00 PM

thanx coach nicole for this


7/17/2012 9:16:07 PM

Very interesting article and a great wake call for me!


7/16/2012 9:04:19 PM

SUMTHIN4ME's SparkPage
This article coupled with the LIVE meeting was such a blessing to me. It let me know that I have been sabatoging my own efforts by not working hard enough, by taking it easy and still feeling like I "exercised". Now it's time to get to work and I won't feel bad because it's hard, It's supposed to be and I'm okay with that!!!


7/14/2012 2:07:18 PM

Excellent and truthful. People who are capable of being active need to pay heed and step up to the plate. And those of us who have physical limitations of the extreme level need it as a reminder to push as hard as we CAN... to be sure we don't give in to exuses! Now THAT is one tricky line.


7/12/2012 4:39:03 PM

LADYT912's SparkPage
Great article,and yes it did hurt,but it just makes me aware to what I have to do and look for during my workout....


7/11/2012 9:45:52 PM

the only one that i never thought about before was the sedentary lifestyle hindering you even if you are getting in exercise. I don't know what to do because for my job I have to sit A LOT and we don't have stairs and I don't have a chance to get in much walking around or standing. What can I do to change this? I don't want my goals to suffer because of my job : /


7/11/2012 10:00:52 AM

BRIDEATH's SparkPage
Wow. The title really says it all. Cold, hard truths. None are very surprising to me, but still hard to hear.


6/21/2012 5:44:46 PM

this was a very beneficial article to read.
Not that you want to hear the hard truth- but you need to hear it so you can decide on what to make count!


6/19/2012 1:20:19 AM

To LEEVER- I am a 62 y/o RN who's spent 37 yrs lifting patients, and abusing my back by carrying buckets of rocks out of my garden; lots of things that I shouldn't have done & I too have chronic low back pain & right-sided sciatic pain. I'm only 5 ft tall & by last year had let myself get overweight (up to a high of 138 lbs) & very out of shape,deconditioned. This past Nov I decided to change. I began dieting, actually just eating more healthfully, and began increasing my activity, then exercising. I also force myself to stretch even if it hurts. I now weigh about 104-107 & am much more fit. The end result as regards my pain...I don't have much back pain any more. Yes, perhaps it is discouraging to hear that you can never "rest on your laurels", but unfortunately that's the truth. I find that when I get lazy & don't exercise; I start to have pain again.


6/16/2012 10:56:23 AM

I really enjoy reading all the comments, it really helps to hear everyones views and opinions. I totally agree with the article and I am very greatful to hear the truth from the experts! I have loss 10lbs in 6 weeks, not fast enough for me, but i'm going in the right direction of weight loss. Don't give up!!!! ANY movement is better than none.


6/15/2012 11:35:25 AM

This is discouraging in that you can't ever reach the end of the exercise habit. I disagree that not all movement is exercise....I think moving in any way helps whether it is taking the stairs or walking a little farther in the parking lot. Any movement is better than not making the attempt.


6/15/2012 9:54:12 AM

GOODLOOKIN69's SparkPage
I've been working out 5-6 days a week since February and have learned so many of these things the hard way! If I miss even a day I feel sluggish when I get to the routine again. I had one HRM without a chest strap that said I was burning 600 calories then bought one with a chest strap that said the same workout was only 210! Also I find that I can do exactly the same DVD one day and burn more calories than I do when I do it the next day. I'm working on Biggest Loser DVDs now to change it up from the walking ones I have been rotating since February.


6/14/2012 4:15:31 PM

LEEVER's SparkPage
Good article, but I tend to agree with those who said it was 'discouraging'. Discouraging to me as I have consistent lower back pain and have just finished an 8 week lower back pain management class. This class was very helpful as I learned about things I can do and cannot do. Most videos and exercise routines simply do not help me, but aggravate the pain. I am simply doing what I learned in the class but none of it is 'cardio' work. I walk every day, but only 2 or 3 miles and am losing weight at l/2 to 1 lb per week. I feel good about what I am doing and have decided that it is not my 'best' interest to watch these videos.

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