Time Magazine – Not Helping Us Keep Healthy
Recently Time Magazine printed an article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” . This has stirred up a lot of controversy in the fitness industry.
According to the American College of Sport Medicine the article is based largely on false information. However, this magazine has a vast readership and may well affect how the general public view their health and well being.
In response to this article I have the following comments:
1) exercise has proven to be the best indicator of a successful weight loss program over the long term. It is well known that those who exercise are more successful at keeping weight off.
2) exercise does not cause one to overeat; unless that is your choice. Quite often people will use an exercise session as permission to have anything they want. If you follow up an exercise session with doughnuts and potato chips, doesn’t really matter how or what you do for exercise.
3) weight loss must come down to calories in = calories out. If you take in more calories than you are expending through your daily activities or exercise sessions, then weight gain is inevitable.
4) there is lots of evidence out there that proves when children are more active during their school day, they are more improve their test scores, miss less school due to sick time and are less apt to be disruptive in class.
5) exercise and health are important in the workplace as well. It is well documented that when employees are involved in a regular exercise program several things occur: increased productivity in the workplace, less time off work due to illness and/or stress, enjoy their work more. All this leads to decreased costs for the employer. A win-win situation.
It is obvious from the article that the author may not be particularly happy with his own exercise regime or the results. Rather than state that exercise is the reason he can’t lose weight, he should look at his exercise program and start to monitor his own nutritional intake.
I would think that his exercise regime should have an overall – too much time wasted on long, ineffective cardio sessions, group “body” classes and not adequate intensity. Also a food log may help him see where he is making unwise choices with respect to his own nutrition.
Till next time,