My phone started ringing and colleagues were all abuzz, “Did you see the TIME magazine article?!” “Beth, did you read what he wrote?” “Did he actually write that exercise could be bad for you?” By now everyone has heard all about it, the article in Time Magazine titled Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.
After listening to all the comments and cries of outrage, I thought, okay I better read the article myself. As Total Woman’s Fitness Director I have an obligation to respond, but quite frankly I have no desire to do that. I don’t want to give him any more attention than he’s already had. I’m sure Mr. Cloud meant no harm when he sat down to write that article claiming “exercise won’t make you thin.” However, exercise isn’t all about being “thin,” it’s about being healthy emotionally, physically and spiritually.
The article was disjointed and while I was reading it I thought to myself, “What is his goal? Maybe he’s frustrated with his personal results. Misery loves company.” He kept contradicting himself, and almost all of the studies he cited were taken out of context. Nutrition is absolutely a huge component of weight loss and weight maintenance, this is true. You can exercise like crazy, but if you’re going to follow it up with a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake, you will not see the fruits of your labor. And yes, exercise will most likely make you hungry, but you have a choice regarding what you choose to eat! The metabolic law simplified is: calories in versus calories out. So, when he mentions working out and then going to Starbucks for an 800 calorie muffin, I have to pause and ask, “Hello?” Well, just think about what would happen if you ate that 800 calorie muffin with your mocha latte and didn’t exercise?
It’s called moderation; it’s called eating well and making healthy choices. The benefits of exercise are numerous! Nevertheless, exercise is just one aspect of wellness. You need cardiovascular exercise; resistance training, weight bearing exercise, flexibility training and you need healthy nutrition.
I could go on and on and on, but again, I don’t want to give that article any more acknowledgements or any more of my time! I truly believe everyone needs to move more and eat better for optimum health. What do YOU think? I welcome your comments!