Wow, you had me with the very first one. I guess I thought that this would get easier. I feel better now knowing that it isn't supposed to. I took a health class this spring that was sponsored by my health insurance. Our instructor kept telling us that he didn't ever want us to be 100% fit...that we were always to be striving to get there. Now I know what that means.
Oh, boy! Nicole caught me hiding behind some of these myths! Now that I've finally realized some of what I was doing wrong, I can see just how correct her "tough love" is! Thanks for the reminder.
6/13/2012 5:40:09 AM
Your article sure gave me food for thought and made me realize my own 'warm cozy truths about exercise'! I kep tthinking about what you wrote and I do worry that an article like this would be demotivating for those who are just beginning to consider exercise. It's like it's never enough. This while I think that a dull routine of only a few minutes per day is still MUCH better than not moving or exercising at all. Once a person gets started he/she may deveolop a taste for more.
you can eat whatever you want. you just need to keep in mind that certain foods with the same amount of calories wont keep you full as long so you will want to eat more and probably will. I still eat taco bell and sonic and get froyo with my son, I just make sure I plan the rest of my day accordingly. As far as the machines seriously overestimating how many calories you burn..well I dont track calories out at all. Only calories in. I try to limit myself to about 1380 per day, with or without exercise. Of course exercising gives me a bit of cushion but I find if i try to track calories out I end up saying "well I burned 400 calories so I can eat this candy bar and still have a 200 calorie deficit" but not knowing how many calories im actually burning makes that a dangerous thought process. I prefer to act like it never happened and that way i KNOW i have a deficit
6/13/2012 3:35:02 AM
I think you make good points, thank you. I am not all that devastated by most of the points because I don't see 'exercise' as something I do to lose weight. I do it because I feel good afterwards and because I think my body needs it. To stay healthy. I believe that if I see exercise as a tool to lose weight I might be pretty disappointed!
I'm also left with a question and this is why one should keep pushing the body? Isn't there a time when one's fitness is good enough and one's muscles are strong enough? Where does it end, otherwise?
Excellent article! Having to exercise forever is the one I'm trying not in let seap in my mind. Make no mistake about it, I already know it, but to read take it it to a whole new level. It seems almost sufficating to read it. I'll continue to plan my exercise routine weekly... that's how I will get to my forever.
Wow, all 8 truths make total sense, but the one that hit the hardest was, "you have to do it forever". Those words are hard to read even if we already know it somewhere in the back of our minds. Thanks for pointing the cold, hard facts out to me.
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