If exercise is less important than diet for weight loss, is there any point in working out when trying to lose weight? THE ANSWER IS YES! In today's blogpost we answer the most commonly asked questions on why should you exercise to lose weight so you can finally achieve the weight loss results you are looking for.
Even though fat loss is all about calories in calories out, exercise doesn't really burn that many calories - If you've ever done a burpee you'll know that it seems like quite a lot of energy, but it only burns about half a calorie - which means 100 burpees is only worth 50 calories and a banana is 100 calories.
This is not so great if you're trying to lose weight so you might be asking "What's the point of exercise if it's so much effort and not much return?" and that's a good question.
Today I'm going to go through four reasons that I believe are the main reasons why you want to focus on exercise for weight loss, or fat loss even.
Let's get into it...
1. Improves Energy Management
There's something about the combination of eating right and exercising. They work together in a way that really empowers the body to be more efficient with using energy and it works on a level that probably no one fully understands but it makes a big difference to be doing them both together well.
Let's not get too worried about how many calories that a particular workout actually is burning but let's focus on the fact that combined with good eating it makes a huge difference in energy and stress management that the body faces when under a low caloric intake.
2. Improves Metabolic Function
All of your body systems become more healthy and are being used in a way that's firing them up, making your body familiar with how to use them. Reminding your body they need to be efficient.
All of your systems like your digestive system, your endocrine system, your cardiovascular system - all these things add to the process of building muscle and losing fat. When these body systems are working well all of your weight loss efforts are going to be empowered.
3. Increases Basal Metabolic Rate
The more muscle you have versus fat the higher that your basal metabolic rate is.
Your Basal Metabolic Rate is how many calories you burn in a day just by doing nothing, just keeping 'this machine' (aka your body) on burns a certain amount of calories. Your eyes blinking, your heart beating and even digesting food all that requires energy (calories).
But muscle is active tissue and it requires energy to be used to activate it whereas fat is lazy it just sits there weighing you down.
You can see how the particular workout you've done and how many calories were burned in that workout is secondary in the big picture to things. If you're burning 100 calories more per day for the next year because of have a greater amount of muscle that adds up a lot of extra calories you can enjoy and it may be more than that depending on how much muscle you build and how efficient your systems are based on all the training you've been doing.
But this is about improving the metabolic functions and that's again hard to measure but absolutely true and makes a massive difference over time.
4. The Overall Improvement In Wellness And Health
The fourth reason I'm going to promote exercise for is actually the improvement in well-being and feeling great that you get from feeling strong and confident and healthy and how much that motivates you to do more in your everyday life. To get out there and play with your kids or get out there with your friends or just genuinely be more motivated to achieve your full potential.
All those things are again very hard to measure but over the course of a week, a month, a year how much more calories are you burning as you engage more with life based on the extra wellness that you have that uses more energy yes.
This is not a short-term idea - This is based on when you're doing these things consistently how much of a difference that makes in your life and that's much greater than how many calories you burn.
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Hi, my name is Jeff Laurence and I am a Therapist, Coach & Trainer who specialises in Weight Loss.