Exercise will make me fatter?!

August 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm 6 comments

I don’t know about you but I don’t exercise just to stay slim.

I wondered when reading this article why it was so focused on weight loss. The article was titled “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (to read the whole article: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857-1,00.html)

I know that is all we hear these days about becoming the world’s leader in obesity but what about the people who exercise for other reasons. Should they too stop because they may increase their appetite and then gorge on junk food and join the rat race of growing girth lines?

I want to make a mature response to this ludicrous claim that basically ignores all the other factors surrounding exercise in general. Time mag

Instead I will recall various responses from clients over the years on the ways exercise had benefitted them.

One mature lady commented that for the first time in years she had the strength in her arms to reach behind her back in the shower and use a back scrubber.

Or the various people who recalled it had been months since experiencing back pain because they had a stronger core.

Or the people who voluntarily went off their medication for depression because they felt better from exercising. The list goes on from teens doing better in their sports due to increased strength and pregnant women recovering from child birth extremely quickly because they trained right up to birth.

Of men who testified that they had gotten into pants they hadnt worn in years and women trying on a size they hadn’t been game to look at for ages.

So please read this article and let me know what your response is. I’d really love to hear from every reader. Just take 5-10 mins to let me know (by leaving your comment below) why you find exercise benefits you.

Tim James

Certified PT

Certified Kettlebell Instructor

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cerin  |  August 19, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I agree totally!
    I’ve never exercised to “lose weight”, because i feel the many other benefits to exercise everyday. I have more energy than others around me, i have a better work ethic in my job, i’m more coordinated, have better balance…the list goes on!

  • 2. Erica  |  August 20, 2009 at 5:48 am

    A hundred years ago, people exercised more and ate more and were still thin. Of course, back then, it wasn’t called exercise-it was called life. One didn’t hop in the air-conditioned car, drive to an air-conditioned club, and feel bitter about “working out” while enjoying a glass of refrigerated whatever after the “workout”.
    One had to chase the horse down, hitch the horse up, drive the wagon or walk to town, and if you wanted a drink you either drew the water out of the well or milked a cow. Not to mention, plowing fields, baling hay and tending the animals to have those conveniences.
    Folks didn’t also have the sedentary rampant diseases we have today such as heart disease, osteoarthritis and/or porosis, and any cancer you want to pick. When you exercise, you are breaking down bone to build back stronger bone, you are retaining range of motion and flexibility to prevent adhesions and inflammation of the body that leads to water and toxin retention, cellulite, and obesity.
    Besides almost everything this article blamed on exercise was due to our refined diets of today instead of exercise. Of course, if it was a hundred years ago, we would be out in the garden weeding, gathering, getting wood fire up the stove to cook, butchering and plucking the meat to cook and our digestive tract would have to be working a little harder processing/absorbing this instead of enjoying Drive-thru FF’s from McD’s.

  • 3. Tim James  |  August 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Cerin for your feedback. Indeed the list does go on and on!

  • 4. Tim James  |  August 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thank you Erica for taking the time to respond.

    I love your response. It is so “you”.

  • 5. Dimitrios K. (formerly Jim Kay)  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

    As always Tim, you wrote a very good article. The whole thing about the Time article is that he’s pointing out people who excercise and then stuff themselves with food.

    This is absurd because you’re naturally going to gain weight. If you eat, let’s say, two oranges after working out you won’t gain weight. Well, what if you eat two cases of oranges. Same thing with working out: you will lose weight but you can’t just stuff yourself w/as much food as possible afterward because you’ll counteract all the benefits of working out.

  • 6. Tim James  |  August 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    So true Jim. Thank you, as always for stopping by.

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