Do you spend more fretting about your weight than exercising at the gym? Shift the balance more towards getting active and you can probably forget about those scales.
We've already looked at exercise being the miracle medicine. No surprise then that a lack of exercise has the exact opposite effect.
According to a new study from Cambridge University, inactivity causes many more health problems than obesity. It seems it’s much better to be fat and fit, than thin and inactive.
When we’re active, our largest muscles produce many beneficial molecules. These include enzymes which clean out noxious fats from the bloodstream. And remember we reap these benefits whatever we weigh.
But when we’re sedentary it’s like the light has gone out in these muscles. Our bodies are much less effective at removing fats and good cholesterol levels can drop. This increases the risk of many serious health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, osteoporosis, and of course increases the risk of obesity.
It’s abundantly clear that we need to get active, not just stand on the scales each morning and choose the low-cal options at Starbucks. But while you can’t simply exercise away the harmful effects of being too sedentary, you can certainly help redress the balance:
It’s a simple message. Make exercise, not calories, your number one health priority. That’s probably the best ever fitness resolution for 2015.
I must have missed this news so this is great to know. I don;t care if I'm skinny or flabbier, I just know I feel better when I workout, and that's the main point of it for me, not weight. Hopefully this research will shift the emphasis away from obsessive weighing and over to just enjoying being active.
I'm so glad to hear this confirmed by studies. I always ate a lot, am not skinny, but still feel so healthy. Lets simply keep active and enjoy our food !!
Too much emphasis is given to size, when it's about how much we keep fit that really matters. Don't be a couch potato!
My friend's parents are in their 70s. The mum is overweight but walks regularly and eats healthily. The dad is skinny but doesn't eat very well, isn't active and is prone to stress. They had their cholesterol measured and the mum was much lower than the dad's. And she's just happier too. The message is clear to me - don't fuss over weight so much!!
excellent - much easier to get moving than to worry about every calorie! As for the kids; a 'no parking zone' extending half a mile round every school would do it, with exceptions only for the disabled.
It's obvious this. Sitting around on our bums was never going to help the health crisis. Kids need to be educated to get out and stay active.
That's so true Olga. In my son's primary school they only have PE once a week. Unbelievable! I think the teachers are so concerned about meeting the stats for literacy and maths they don't care about much else.
This is something they should be telling them in school - the important of PE lessons has never improved - when I was at school it was seen as a joke except by the very fit and sporty and I'm sure it's the same today. If PE was more important then exercise would be viewed as more of a habit for everybody than something you can pick or choose.