The term exercise sometimes conjures up images of gym rats with six-packs. Some of you even fear what it involves….sweaty bodies and full-length mirrors and pumping irons with youngsters. Or you are overcome with guilt because you think that your weight-loss challenges stem from not exercising enough! We have enough evidence to suggest that relying on ONLY exercise without changing your food will not help you lose weight long-term! However, physical activity will help you maintain weight loss.
As you can see in the infographic below, physical activity has numerous benefits. Brain fitness and better mood are the most important!
Thinking of physical activity as only a weight loss tool is like driving a fast sports car from the front to the back of your house; you don’t utilize all the benefits and features of the speed machine!
Rather than focussing on short intervals of exercise, it is better to address the problem of continuous sitting. Last year the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology issued the Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines. Their message says “Make Your Whole Day Matter. Move More. Reduce Sedentary Time. Sleep Well.”
What is the best exercise:
The best exercise is the one you will do regularly!
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