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8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love



6/13/2012 9:01:23 AM

SILLYHP1953's SparkPage
This is the kind of stuff I love to learn about. I just started weight training a week ago (with a trainer) and I really appreciated reading this article today. I work in front of a computer, so it's going to make me much more aware of how long I sit all day.


6/13/2012 8:58:39 AM

STARSHINE1967's SparkPage
Wow, this article really minimizes all my efforts..........the truth is painful for sure.


6/13/2012 8:42:30 AM

Loved this article!


6/13/2012 8:35:32 AM

This was difficult to read because it blew so many of my beliefs and practices out the water. Great article! Tough to swallow!


6/13/2012 8:22:52 AM

YEs, add one more, a bit of encouragement. The last hard truth:

Are you not worth it? Are you not doing all of this, watching what you eat, walking the dog, parking further away, lifting weights, etc., to improve your health. All that you do is NOT to leave a good looking corpse, you do it because you feel good about yourself and you love those around you who deserve to have you in there lives.


6/13/2012 8:03:13 AM

That article was an eye opener...... My husband & I go for a brisk walk every morning for 1\2 an hour. Is that enough to burn some calories? Do household chores come under the category of exercise? How can a house wife exercise the whole day? Plz do let me know.


6/13/2012 7:41:36 AM

DIANNEMT's SparkPage
These are ALL hard truths to me. I don't LIKE to exercise, I WANT the brownie, I HATE getting sweaty, I WANT to be able to stop.....but I really LIKE looking better and feeling more energized and I WANT to be around for a long I get the hard truth and I will keep it up. Thank you to SparkPeople cause THIS SITE has made my transformation possible.


6/13/2012 7:37:36 AM

TRISH579's SparkPage
Great article, Thanks!


6/13/2012 7:23:33 AM

NVRDWN88's SparkPage
Great article.......hence the word "lifestyle" is so prevalent when discussing losing weight or getting fit.....again great article


6/13/2012 7:01:21 AM

This was a great article. I'm going to print it out and study it, and I'm going to have to make some changes, especially to my workout routines... Thanks, Nicole!


6/13/2012 6:41:40 AM

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.


6/13/2012 5:52:16 AM

FITMARY's SparkPage
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.


6/13/2012 5:33:55 AM

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?

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