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Old 07-16-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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And just to clarify, moderate exercise absolutely has its place, a huge place actually. No matter how tempting it is to believe it, walking however is not exercise. And just FYI that it’s tempting for so many to believe because it’s easy. I guess it can be exercise to very unfit people (and even then just as a starter to get to a real exercise program), and that illustrates my point of sadness that we are so unfit as a people that we consider walking as exercise.
Maybe the point is that as much as people like to complain that back in the day there wasn't an obesity problem, at the same time back in the day people didn't exercise on purpose. They did, in fact walk places. Maybe they went swimming sometimes, they worked in the garden, they did housework, etc. I don't know how old you are, but I'm betting that your grandparents or great-grandparents didn't run anywhere unless they were being chased, and never went to a specific building to pick up and put down heavy things. Physical activity is important for good health, but the average person doesn't need to train like an Olympic athlete to be healthy.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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Walking is fine if you are physically unable to do any other cardio, and it's certainly better than doing nothing at all. But that's about it, unless you're going at a fast pace and adding in some hills. The fact is that many people are capable of working out harder than they do, and setting the bar too low perpetuates it.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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Maybe the point is that as much as people like to complain that back in the day there wasn't an obesity problem, at the same time back in the day people didn't exercise on purpose. They did, in fact walk places. Maybe they went swimming sometimes, they worked in the garden, they did housework, etc. I don't know how old you are, but I'm betting that your grandparents or great-grandparents didn't run anywhere unless they were being chased, and never went to a specific building to pick up and put down heavy things. Physical activity is important for good health, but the average person doesn't need to train like an Olympic athlete to be healthy.
Back then, people weren't trying to out run their fork, either. Walking simply isn't enough exercise to counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and an overabundance of food.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Just to "weigh in" on the exercise debate, if I am not actively exercising and I go on a diet, I am still going to lose weight.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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Maybe the point is that as much as people like to complain that back in the day there wasn't an obesity problem, at the same time back in the day people didn't exercise on purpose. They did, in fact walk places. Maybe they went swimming sometimes, they worked in the garden, they did housework, etc. I don't know how old you are, but I'm betting that your grandparents or great-grandparents didn't run anywhere unless they were being chased, and never went to a specific building to pick up and put down heavy things. Physical activity is important for good health, but the average person doesn't need to train like an Olympic athlete to be healthy.
It may not appear so on the surface but I think we kind of agree.

Our lifestyle is changing towards the worse (in terms of physical health) and we aren’t as active as we used to be because being more physical was more necessary back in the day. Because of that inactivity, we have to change what things constitute exercise. And these mild forms of movement now qualify for many people. It’s sad.

So I don’t know, maybe I just convinced myself that it is exercise. I’m bummed out for us. I think I need to take a walk.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:48 PM
 
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Just to "weigh in" on the exercise debate, if I am not actively exercising and I go on a diet, I am still going to lose weight.
Just to add to that, if you go on a diet and lose weight and then go OFF the diet, the weight could/will come back with a vengeance. This is why one should not go "on a diet" but rather, a "lifestyle change."
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Back then, people weren't trying to out run their fork, either. Walking simply isn't enough exercise to counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and an overabundance of food.
Yeah, no amount of exercise (running/walking, whatever) will ever counteract a bad diet.
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I am playing a mental game with myself right now. I am persuading myself NOT to eat that last piece of chicken. No its not ok to eat it because I have reached my allotted calories for the day, and if I eat that chicken I will gain the weight back one way or the either. I spend the entire day at the zoo today to get some exercise in, and walked for an hour yesterday followed by going to the gym everyday. This cant happen! I dont want to end up back at square one!!
Losing weight really doesn't have anything to do with how much you eat but what you eat. I eat a **** ton and I'm fit. Cook for yourself with no pre-prepared ingredients and no sugar and you'll lose 90% of the fat. Also switch over to just water, most "juices" in america are engineered as well.
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Old 07-16-2015, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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This is why I ALWAYS keep fresh-cut fruits and veggies in the fridge. I never deprive myself of those. I used to use My Fitness Pal, and the fruit that I ate put me over my sugar limits for the day, but I still didn't deprive myself. Snack on fresh fruit or baby carrots or cherry tomatoes or sliced cucumbers or something...that's what I do when I'm craving something I shouldn't have, and a lot of the time, it fills me up and satisfies me.
Good routine . I'd include melon fruit as part of my meal, and reduce the actual food quantity. Its healthier, and considering how hot its been lately, it also keeps my body cooler .
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Old 07-16-2015, 07:21 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Best thing is not to give in, if you do, your likely to again and again. Even though its seems kind of harmless, its about self control.. which is so tough! Try instead, if your really going to give in and eat, to go for something healthier. Good luck!
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