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Exercise & Fitness
Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories
- By: Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, Contributor
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This information is very motivating! Knowing that I don’t have to be a super athlete in order to gain the effects of exercise relieved my workout pressure. After reading your blog I worked out five days this week. Just knowing that I didn’t have to engage in anything extreme got me out there. Once I started working out, I didn’t want to stop.
very nice post
a row or a cycle etc.uses energy clarify, a motion, such as a step, rows or cycles per minute might not use any more energy than 150 though there might be and the more motions per minute results in using more energy per minute up to a meaning steps, other benefits to the higher intensity apart from using ,
I am afraid I am not convinced by the methodology used in the Current Biology report. In a workplace pedometer challenge I used to frequently come in “under” the totals recorded by some of my sedentary colleagues, even though 4000 of my “steps” would have been recorded running 5000 metres in 21 minutes. I think your article above is an important balance to the theoretical issues raised in the report. I would add the mental health benefits of exercise to be another issue for consideration. When asked by my patients about how much exercise to do I say “a little bit more than last week”, as a slow increase minimises the risk of injury, and avoids a threshold against which one may “fail” and give up.
I love the idea and it will help in my physical activity planning!
Here in Brazil, there are about 200 million inhabitants and 50% are overweighted; and we can observe an epidemic of chronic diseases.
The health message could be changed by the ceiling effect perception – guilt of not being a marathon athlete… frugal physical activity and so many mind-body benefits.
When I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about 10 months ago, I went overboard on the exercise, riding my bike like a mad man and exhausting myself. And I did this for a long time. I am a skinny diabetic, and I was skinny before I was diagnosed. I wish I’d known about the ceiling effect earlier. This is a great article, a comforting article, and one that will allow me to go for a nice long steady walk instead of hurling myself into exhaustion twice a day.
Many thanks Beth.
To clarify, a motion, such as a step, a row or a cycle (peddling), etc., uses energy … and the more motions per minute results in using more energy per minute … up to “a point” … meaning (arbitrarily) 300 steps, rows or cycles per minute might not use any more energy than 200 (though there might be other benefits to the higher intensity apart from using energy).
Sounds like to use more energy, one would exercise moderately (e.g., 7 calories per minute or heart rate up to 119, depending on fitness level and age, etc.) for more minutes, rather than exercise intensely for less minutes … if the goal is simply to “use energy” (such as to decrease visceral and subcutaneous fat).
If that is correct, then here’s to long (50 minutes or more), relatively slow (7 calories per minute, if somewhat fit) exercise sessions (probably while watching TV , writing emails, reading articles or listening to music).
Please correct me if I misunderstood the information in this article.
Great inspiration to get moving! It’s nice to see a “prescription” with positive side effects.
Wonderful article. I love how you describe the effects of exercise in a way that I can understand! And good to know that I don’t need to go all out to give myself a good workout. I wonder why the ceiling effect occurs?
A very important article about the positive effects of regular exercise on many aspects of our physical and emotional well-being.
Love this article. Helps to know there are many reasons to exercise!
Great analysis and interpretation of the results! There is always more to the metabolic puzzle than we think. I love that this blog underscored the importance of physical activity, calorie expenditure aside. Bottom line, we need to eat better and move more!
This is a great article especially for me when all I am able to do is walk through my neighborhood!
Just walk round twice, twice a day
Exercise boosts BMR either by cardio,or by resistance training.Nutrition could also boost BMR by consumption of protein,leading to thermogenesis,or eating often small meals.Physical activity has the benefit to built muscle tissue,apart from caloric expenditure.
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