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8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love


  • 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. - 7/14/2012 2:07:18 PM
  • 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.... - 7/12/2012 4:39:03 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 9:45:52 PM
  • Wow. The title really says it all. Cold, hard truths. None are very surprising to me, but still hard to hear. - 7/11/2012 10:00:52 AM
  • 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!
    Thanks - 6/21/2012 5:44:46 PM
    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. - 6/19/2012 1:20:19 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. - 6/16/2012 10:56:23 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 11:35:25 AM
  • 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. - 6/15/2012 9:54:12 AM
  • 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. - 6/14/2012 4:15:31 PM
  • The part about "you're not burning as many calories as you think" rang true for me! My RPM instructor says we can burn up to 800 calories per 45-minute class. I love RPM, but that's definitely not accurate for me; my HRM indicates that I burn about 300 calories during that time. The good news: my heart is strong and healthy; the bad news: gone are the days of burning 800 calories per hour! - 6/14/2012 11:20:51 AM
    I wish I could disagree as most of the info is a downer, but from experience I know much of it is true. Having said that, the very best thing you can do is find something you can stick with. Walking 6-7 days a week is my mainstay - it's easy & flexible, so I have stuck with it for probably 10+ years now. I also started ballroom dancing 15 years ago - that is something I LOVE to do, so it doesn't feel like exercise. Different dances work different muscle groups, and varying speeds change your heart rate. Walking allows me to dance a long time, as it has developed my legs and stamina. I feel lousy when I don't walk and I would have even more trouble with my weight maintenance, so I make the time! - 6/13/2012 9:44:40 PM
  • Great article and a good one for us who commit to exercise. It brought the realization that that I need to up the cardio. We can get complacent just because we exercise regularly. - 6/13/2012 4:13:20 PM
  • I really loved this article and when our printer is working I will print it and put it on my inspiration/motivation wall. - 6/13/2012 12:54:19 PM
  • I know my treadmill over estimates calories burned. I am 5. 3, 145 bs. My treadmill says my hour jog burns 850 calories. I WISH!! I always cut the total in half. 400 calories for the hour is closer. Atleast I hope it is that much. - 6/13/2012 12:50:30 PM

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