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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

go ahead and call it a myth to my face.

Check out this article from Time magazine.

Did you read it?

What do you think?

Is exercise a myth?

Are my classes going to be totally empty from now on because people read in Time magazine that exercise for weight loss is useless and decide that since it's from Time it must be true so why bother going to the gym anymore?

Let me make this clear. You cannot lose weight from exercise alone. You do need to modify your eating habits. Tosca Reno says, in her book The Eat-Clean Diet, that losing weight is 80% what you eat, and only 10% exercise (the other 10% is genetics, because I know you were adding it up).

But exercise is so vitally important! Take it from someone who would weigh 300 pounds if she'd never started exercising with Zumba. Exercise builds muscle, which burns more fat all day than a deconditioned body. It tones up your body, so that even if your weight doesn't change, the way your body looks does. It makes you feel good, so you'll take better care of yourself. It increases your ability to take in and process oxygen, which makes your body more efficient at everything it does, including metabolizing fat. It lowers your resting heart rate and puts you at lower risk for pretty much every type of disease. It physically makes you happy. And when you exercise, you're more likely to eat the types of food that will fuel your body and less likely to treat your body badly with crappy food.

This magazine is hoping you'll buy their issue because you're looking for an excuse to drop the workouts. Don't stop exercising because of one magazine article hoping to cash in on your hatred of the treadmill. Find a fun way to get in your workout. You know mine, but don't be afraid to find your own.

Then use the magazine for puppy potty training.
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