Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Myth About Exercise

John Cloud's article in the August 17th issue of Time magazine has me incensed, enraged even. He talks about how exercise is making us fat because it spurns hunger and makes us eat more. But then he goes on to say that it's the treats that we reward ourselves with after exercising that is negating the effects, like how he likes to eat a blueberry bar as a reward after he works out. So how exactly is that the fault of the workout?

Physical activity, with its numerous health benefits (more energy, less depression, improved cardiovascular and brain functioning) is the reward in and of itself. Exercise is not a form of punishment that requires a reward of a $12/1500 calorie trip to Starbucks afterward. It is that sense of entitlement that will lead to weight gain, not the walk around the neighborhood or the 30 minutes at the gym.


  1. I have never understood why some/many people think food is AUTOMATICALLY required as either fuel or reward after exercise!

  2. I can't even imagine how he got the go ahead to put that kind of information out there loud and clear. Like people need another excuse NOT to exercise *sigh*

  3. You do get hungrier if you exercise, but you just have to time your meals so that your body is getting enough fuel beforehand and sometimes during if it's a long work-out and then good recovery for after you're done working out.
    You're right working out does so much good, we need to figure out a way to make it work in our diets.

  4. I have to disagree Sunshine Mama, I find that exercise and the endorphins they release, are an appetite suppressant of sorts. I definitely don't get hungrier on the days I exercise compared to my rest days. It may be the case for some people, but not everyone.