“You don’t need to exercise, you’re already skinny.”
The words seemed to echo as they were said to me. When did exercise become all about weight? When did exercise become something that only overweight people need to do?
Let me clarify: I am not at all denying that exercise is an important part of long-term, sustainable weight loss. I always work with my clients to help them find a form of exercise that they want to do; something they enjoy so that it doesn’t feel like a chore.
But exercise is about so much more than weight loss.
Exercise is about physical health, AND mental health.
Did you know there have been studies proving regular, low-to-medium-impact exercise to be as effective in treating depression as certain anti-depressant drugs?
A study of over 12,000 men found that at least 30mins of vigorous exercise per week was clearly linked to a longer life, regardless of the participant’s weight, family history and smoking status.
It has long been accepted that exercise plays an important preventative role in Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders.
Exercise also helps to maintain bone density, reduces bone loss, and post-menopausal women who are regularly exercising have a significantly reduced risk of bone fracture than those who do not exercise.
Honestly, I could keep listing statistics forever.
The key message that I want to get across to you is this: exercise is not a punishment for being overweight.
Exercise to keep your bones healthy. Exercise to improve your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s. Exercise for happiness. For goodness sake, exercise to LIVE LONGER.
Don’t just exercise because you’re fat.