Exercise Without Weight Loss Worthwhile – WSJ

Having lived in the world of Finance for most of my adult life, I have picked up the Wall Street Journal every morning for more years than I care to remember. These days, I pick up my iPad to read it.  Tuesdays the Journal has a Personal section which always highlights health issues. regular readers know that I often post on these stories.

This past Tuesday was no exception. Rachel Bachman wrote “Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Benefits.”

Plus size model Ashley Graham appears in an ad in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue.

Plus size model Ashley Graham appears in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue.

I love that sentiment. Too many people focus on weight loss and only exercise as if they are paying the taxman. They don’t want to do it, but they feel like they have to in order to lose weight. The bad news is they don’t realize that the body needs regular exercise. Not just when you are trimming pounds.

The mantra of this blog is eat less; move more. I totally agree with the Journal story. I hope that you will too because your body will be a lot better off for it. “A recent study underscores that there are significant health benefits to overweight and obese people being physically active, even if they don’t lose a pound. The study, of 334,000 Europeans over 12 years, recorded twice as many deaths due to a lack of physical activity as due to obesity.

“Some doctors say the diet industry and popular culture overemphasize weight loss and under-emphasize the benefits of exercise for people of any size. Health clubs and fitness studios advertise with images of lean bodies. Many people stop exercising if they’re not losing weight,” the Journal reported.

Everyone knows that most people who go on diets don’t succeed at losing weight over the long term. Worse, they drop some pounds, then start their bad eating habits again and yo yo back up, replacing the muscle they built with fat.

I am thrilled to learn that there are lot of heavy folks who are exercising regularly without regard for weight loss.

“Recently, images on Twitter and Instagram of women of all shapes doing yoga have surged, alongside hashtags such as #sizedoesntmatter. Online discussions abound about the best shoes for heavier runners.

Plus-size model Ashley Graham will be featured in an ad for retailer swimsuitsforall in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue this month,” the Journal reported.

Finally, we are beginning to exercise because it is good for us and makes us feel good, too. These are the best reasons possible and will result in lasting health benefits.

I have written a number of times about how the brain gets as much benefit as the body from exercise. To read further on that, check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits).

I hope you can find an enjoyable exercise that will fulfill your body’s needs and that you enjoy, too. I am lucky to be a bike rider, but there are plenty of other ways for you to get there. Dancing, swimming, running, walking to name a few.




Filed under Exercise, Weight, weight control

2 responses to “Exercise Without Weight Loss Worthwhile – WSJ

  1. Reblogged this on Your Gateway to Health and commented:
    This is worth the read.
    Too many people have it in their head that they HAVE TO exercise just to lose weight. It has to be a life change, not a short term option that fixes you. Incorporating daily movement into your life will help you stay healthy. It isn’t about acquiring a certain body type or living up to the expectations of everyone else around you.
    In fitness, Bob


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