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8 Cold, Hard Truths About Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love

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  • NIGHTBUTTERFLY
    what a delightful and motivating artricle, so if it doesnt matter anyway, might aswel all just vegetate on the couch and never indulge or enjoy life. wtf
  • Can you please cite things? Where is it proven that muscle strength can diminish after 2 days of rest?
  • MARY2619
    What caught my attention was the comments about cal burn readouts being overinflated on exercise equipment, etc. I think that the fitness tracker on this site is way overinflated. I'm pretty sure that I don't burn 300 cals doing 9 sets of lifts with my 10# weights, for example.
  • Dear Lynna. The advice here is not really inconsistent. If you did 10 minutes of exercise everyday would you be healthier over the long run than if you did nothing? Yes. Would you ever reach your fittest? No. If you worked up to 30 minutes/day would you be even fitter? Yes. The first truth is an important truth, as we become fitter, we need to "up" our routineto challenge our bodies. The 10 minutes is our spark, but it is not yet our flame. If I'm in a blue mood and only do 10 minutes of pushups, abs, squats and stretches in the AM, will not that effort pay off? Yes. Will it make me into the fit person I want to be. No, but that 10 minutes makes me worlds better than nothing.
  • I do agree not everything counts as exercise, however, I am confused it states that 10, 30 or even 60 minutes of exercise a day may not be enough. On spark they encourage at least 10 minutes everyday. Some parts of this article disagrees with what the site promotes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ....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.
  • This article is realistic. Thanks, Coach Nicole!
  • SHARPEI7
    This article is downright discouraging.
  • I believe that all forms of movement helps.
  • 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.
  • Great article. Thank you. That's why I try to do different exercise.
  • 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.

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