Exercise is commonly considered a source of benefits and an irreplaceable component of a healthy lifestyle. It is not without reason. But physical activity still can work against you in unexpected ways. Let us take a look at the reasons why…
1. Exercise burns calories, but… The No. 1 reason many gyms are in business is they offer the resources for exercise with the purpose of helping people lose weight. Even though exercise should be seen primarily as a way to improve the quality of life and maintain well-being, it is usually done for its caloric effects. If training no longer burned calories, we would see even more sedentary people in our society.
So in this sense, it is effective as an initiative to get more people active. But the problem is it also fires up the appetite. And it is this drive that is to blame for the reason many people are overweight, to begin with.
2. Exercise stimulates your hunger. Going for a half-hour jog is a great way to burn calories and melt some of your stubborn fat. But it also makes you incredibly hungry since it causes a tremendous insulin spike. If you are not careful, there is a good chance you may consume enough calories during the following meal, canceling out your weight loss efforts that day.
Do you know anyone in your life that complains about a lack of progress, despite working out consistently? Sometimes, physical activity can even act as a hindrance. It is crucial never to forget having a balanced and sensible diet is just as essential as exercising.
3. Make physical activity work for you, instead of against you. It is not difficult to allow exercise to enrich your life. You just have to take some practical (and mental) precautions. You must have the discipline to control your portion sizes and not increase them just because you have exercised. Be mentally ready, because you are going to feel hungrier on the days you exercise – especially if cardio is your go-to.
If you are looking to lose weight or lower your blood sugar levels, prudence is a virtue. You cannot be too careful and never lose sight of your goal.
4. Your nutrition matters. Lastly, it bears repeating how and what you eat does matter. No amount of exercise will change that.
It is only when your nutrition is taken care of your health prospers. Exercise and a physically active lifestyle are merely the finishing touches.