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8 Cold, Hard Truths About Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love


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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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
....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. Report
This article is realistic. Thanks, Coach Nicole! Report
This article is downright discouraging. Report
I believe that all forms of movement helps. Report
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. Report
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. Report
Great article. Thank you. That's why I try to do different exercise. Report
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.
I like to reward myself for exercising with some other activity I enjoy. So, time in the spa, steam room or sauna after a workout is a great reward for me. Report
While in theory, I agree that not all activities should be considered exercise, however, just because some activity doesn't burn a lot of calories doesn't mean it's not exercise or that you're not engaging in a workout.

For example, I engage in some core exercises and whe they don't burn a lot of calories or losing lbs, I am definitely building strength and muscles. Furthermore, I believe that a big part of how I've maintained my 62lb weight loss is that for several months I have been gaining muscle weight.

While I haven't lost any weight in months even though I'm still doing everything I did before, I am still losing inches/sizes. As far as I am concerned, that's more important to me than losing lbs because even though I weigh the same I an definitely leaner. JMHO Report
Thanks, that was a real eye opener. I enjoyed the truth in that article, exercise is forever, get used to it, mix it up, find somthing you like doing etc. etc. It reminds me it isn't a short term thing until you reach a certain weight goal. Thanks for the reality check. Report

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