It is a sad truth that many of us have been conditioned to accept a certain false reality when it comes to health and fitness. That false reality is a construct of the health and fitness industry, or more specifically, unscrupulous types who have a commercial interest in misleading us.
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While the title of this article was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek, it does contain an element of truth. How so? Because when it comes to losing weight, your diet is far more important than the amount of exercise you do. Not only that, but when it comes to your weight loss efforts, exercise can be a complete waste of time if you overcompensate with your diet.
Don’t get me wrong – enjoyable exercise should be a part of your life, but it is not the panacea for healthy living. Growing evidence from scientific studies show that if you attempt to lose weight only by exercising more, you’re likely to fail. Meanwhile, attempting to lose weight with dieting alone has a far greater success rate.
So remember this: exercising more is not an excuse to eat more. If you treat it as such, you’ll probably find that you lose no weight (or even put weight on as you eat more additional calories than you burned off). Increasing the amount of exercise you do should be seen as a boost to your weight loss/management efforts, not an excuse to binge.
The same exercise can be exciting or boring depending upon the context. For example, I’m not a big fan of running, but if a ball is involved I’ll be happy sprinting all over the place.
That’s where zombies come in. In this article I have three zombie-related, exercise-related suggestions for you, of which each can help you to burn fat while having a pretty awesome time.
Continue reading 3 Ways Zombies Can Make You Fitter
The US Department of Health & Human Services recommends a bare minimum of two and a half hours of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and two sessions of “muscle-strengthening activities” per week.
That’s all very well and good, but trying to adhere to such strict and measured guidelines is not a sustainable means of staying in shape for many of us. In fact, being subject to such perceived pressure can in fact have the opposite effect (i.e. “If I can’t do that, I might as well do nothing”).
I believe that in order to create sustainable exercise habits, you could benefit from ignoring government recommendations and focusing on something else altogether.
Continue reading The Key to Exercising Sustainably
Most of us don’t like the word “exercise.” It is associated with many negative connotations such as pain, suffering, and toil. A lifetime of trying to exercise has led us to hate the very notion of it. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to love the idea of exercise in just the time it takes to read the rest of this article.
Let’s start by defining exercise.
Continue reading Change the Way You Think About Exercise in Three Minutes