Don’t Shun Exercise!

This week I’d like to chat about exercise. I’ve seen several articles published lately that refer to the fact that exercise will not help you lose weight. Personally, I think this is an oversimplification of the connection between exercise and weight loss.

It is true that you’d need to work out for a very lengthy period of time every day to burn off more calories than you consume. For example, someone might hop on the treadmill and burn 250 calories. These calories are added right back into our bodies through one or two glasses of wine or a piece of bread. My issue is that the goal of exercise isn’t to burn off more calories than we consume. Rather, exercise should be viewed as absolutely essential to living a healthy lifestyle! When a person decides to embrace healthy living, regular exercise must be included as part of the plan.

The benefits of exercise are endless. Just a few include:

– Increased focus and creativity at work
– Better sleep
– Anxiety reduction
– Increased happiness and general mental well being

Exercise also helps your body fight disease. Honestly, the benefits of exercise are too many for me to summarize in this column. Regarding weight loss – when we exercise, we are inspired to eat more healthfully. It is rare to see someone embrace a new exercise routine while simultaneously devoting themselves to a fast-food diet!

Exercise regularly. Eat healthfully. Your body will respond. I promise!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!