Being a health and fitness professional, I get paid to help people lose weight, tone up, get in shape, get healthy, train for a sporting event, all of the above. Just in the past 3 years, I personally have been able to help over 2000 people get in shape with all of our fitness boot camps, personal training, and 40 Day Challenge (nutritional supplement program) in the Dallas, TX area. Many of those people lost weight (or got thin as the article headline says)
To help us get is straight, the American College of Sports Medicine has put some simple bullet points that stat the the research on all of this states.
Message Points: Exercise and Energy Balance
Exercise and Weight Management
There is strong evidence from the majority of the scientific literature that physical activity is an important component of an effective weight loss program.
Physical activity is one of the most important behavioral factors in weight maintenance and improving long-term weight loss outcomes. In fact, participation in an exercise program has proven to be the very best predictor of maintaining weight that was lost.
Effective weight loss and maintenance depend on a simple equation called energy balance: Calories expended through physical activity and normal lifestyle functions must exceed calories consumed.
It is a myth that exercise can actually prevent weight loss by leading exercisers to overeat. Research and common sense disprove this notion. Look around the gym or the jogging trail. If this were the case, wouldn’t those who regularly exercise be the fattest.
Exercise and physical activity have been proven to help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression, obesity and diabetes.
Studies show that when students are more active (through physical education, classroom activity, play, etc.) they improve test scores and attendance and experience fewer discipline problems and sick days.
Policy and economic implications
Physical activity and exercise are key components of workplace wellness programs, which have been shown to return $2.90 to $5.96 in cost savings for every dollar invested by the employer. Participants in workplace wellness programs have reduced absenteeism, error rates and health care costs; they feel more alert, have better rapport with co-workers, and enjoy their work more.
Physical activity and exercise must play a vital role in health system reform. Cost savings from healthy lifestyles can help fund broader coverage for the underserved.
Stimulus funds designated for electronic medical records should include fields to record each patient’s physical activity level. Exercise IS medicine and should be measured as a vital sign like blood pressure or cholesterol levels.
Reimbursement for services such as healthy lifestyle counseling or clinical exercise physiologists could go a long way toward improving health and reducing health care costs.
Physical activity needn’t involve expensive equipment, gym memberships or team athletics. Simple activities like walking, accumulated in 10-minute bouts, can have significant benefits. Communities can do much to encourage physical activity by developing bike paths and walking trails, encouraging walkable neighborhoods, opening school facilities to afterschool activities, and enacting other exercise-friendly policies.
Get You In Shape has always believed that it takes a change in diet, exercise and adding some sort of vitamins into your day to help with long term weight loss, long term weight maintenance, and long term HEALTH. All of our services ( fitness boot camps, personal training, and 40 Day Challenge )help teach you ways to help with energy and cravings so you exercise more while you control what you eat. Time Magazine’s article about how exercise won’t make you thin has some good points but the research backs up that exercise does prove to have a big role in losing weight and also BEING HEALTHY.
I would strongly encourage you to read the facts and do your research about this topic. Exercise is not only important to your health but the research points to all the health benefits from exercising.
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