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It’s not all about Weight Loss

I want to make two points in this post. Firstly that weight loss isn’t the only reason you should be exercising and secondly you don’t have to lose weight to be benefiting from exercise.

I want to remind you that weight loss is only one of the many benefits we receive from exercising and being physically active. The fitness industry pushes the weight loss market so heavily that I think sometimes we forget about the other reasons why exercise is so good for us.

So much so that some people don’t even really consider starting exercising until they have put on weight or become ‘overweight’. If those same people don’t ever put on weight then they may never even think they need to exercise simply because of their association of exercise with weight loss.

The second point I want to drive home is that weight loss shouldn’t be the only measure of success when you exercise. Once again there are a plethora of benefits to exercising and if weight loss isn’t one of them for you (yet) then you aren’t missing out. I understand that if your goal is to lose weight it can be frustrating to not initially achieve it but if you’ve been exercising for 3 months and are fitter, healthier, happy, and stronger than ever then that’s what you should be focusing on.

6 Other Reasons to Exercise:

  1. Improved Posture
  2. Better Energy Levels & Mood
  3. Reduced Risk of Chronic Conditions & Diseases (T2 diabetes, heart disease, depression)
  4. Stronger and Healthier Bones, Muscles, and Joints
  5. Move Better & More Confidently
  6. Reduce Pain & Chances of Injury

Nathan Spring