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8 Cold, Hard Truths About Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love


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    This was a awesome article, thank you :)
    These are all so very true but the bottom line is that change doesn't come with just one lifestyle shift. It has to be the entire package, diet, exercise AND mindset. All sides of this triangle are necessary for any long lasting benefit, simple but difficult. It is a life long struggle especially if you are trying to erase the bad habits of your first 50 years like I am. While I am at goal weight I still struggle mightly with my eating. The exercise, however, has become just another integral part of my life and I'm glad of that. The eating I fear will be a war forever, but one I'm determined to win.
  • The more we read the more educated we become. Spark People articles are a great source of good information
  • "It wont allow you to eat whatever you want"

    OMG, THIS THIS THIS THISSSSSSS! My step-kids do cheerleading and football. Since they are in elementary school, it is frankly not very hardcore. However, after every game, the kids are all given a "snack" from the concession stand for free. I got a lot of smack from people when I opted out in favor of bringing our own healthy snacks. Sorry, but they only burned a couple hundred calories, max, and one of them is in the 99th percentile for weight. No, he did NOT "work out" hard enough to counteract a bag of chips and a large Coke! The Coke alone has more calories in it than what he just burned off.
    A lot of people have the idea that they burn far, far more calories than they really do. I used to be one of them until Spark showed me the truth. It's an uphill battle dealing with people who haven't figured it out yet.
  • *Straight talk and facts are what we need.

    Can I post this article on my facebook page, if so how?
  • Thank you. Straight talk and facts is what we need to reach our goals and have a true perspective on what we can and can't achieve.

    I recently have had to come to grips with the fact I will never have a flat stomach with diet and exercise only,
    The truth hurts but it is what it is.
    bubble guts are the new six pack :)
    I know that you have to find a mixture of exercises that you could learn to enjoy and then keep ringing the changes through the week. I personally can't abide exercise machines, the treadmill, the elliptical. So I do classes. Body conditioning for ST, martial arts for cardio and ST, walking the pavements etc.
  • A little bit of a contradiction, there; second-to-last paragraph says to find a routine you enjoy then stick with it. Then goes on to say you've got to change up your routines. I've got to think on this for a bit.
  • I knew it from the onset....the more yoe exocise the more u can eat is bull! Try cutting the calorie u can eat in half.... I walk 3 miles a day ... that should intitle me to a piece of garlic toast to go with my chicken... nooooooooo. try a half a slice. This article is right on for man atory reading. SP exorcise calorie counter is over estimating as well . I knock off 30% on the safe side.
  • LANEYTHEGIRL I agree! I'm just starting out and would like to know that its enough. That me just simply not sitting on my butt all day like I was will help. This makes it sound as if...If your not killing yourself your not going to see results!
  • This information was great to read and keep up to date on what we should be doing.
  • My friends and I started a group on facebook to encourage each other (a few of us are sparkers and encourage tracking and etc here) but we had one group member actually say that she tracks somewhere else, and that she listed herself as sedentary, so she counts showering, cooking while standing up, and ANYTHING where she isn't sitting down on her exercise. I mentioned how that wasn't true, but I am going to share this link. So perfect to explain since I am not an expert! Thanks!

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