I have just finished watching a documentary called “The Truth About Exercise” by Michael Mosely. It really is a good watch and I would recommend you do so.
Exercise alone is not going to make for fat loss, we do need to be watching our food intake as well. You cannot exercise out a bad diet. However, being active is important, but maybe not quite in the way you’ve been advised.
In a nutshell, the documentary outlined this, that exercise is beneficial (no kidding!), but in a way you probably didn’t imagine. Historically we’ve been told to exercise moderately for 150 minutes each week and you’ll be okay. Most governments use this as their official guidelines to the general public with regard to healthy exercise levels for adults. However, it is not enough and here’s what the scientists have discovered over the last few years (and some of this you may already know)
I have two more things to add into the mix – it is also important to do some sort of resistance work to build strength and flexibility, and do some balance work to minimise the risk of falling as you age. (Studies have shown that the risk for falls after age 65 in fit and trained and unfit and untrained individuals is exactly the same unless specific balance work is added into the mix)
It is always a good idea to get a program put together to address your unique needs, and to have correct exercise technique explained. While there are a lot of great videos and workouts out there on YouTube and Vimeo etc, there are also a lot of bad ones, and knowing the difference can be difficult. If you’re in doubt, seek advice, and in the meantime just start moving more during the day. Everyone can and will benefit from that, even me!
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