Thursday, November 10, 2011

why you need to work out today

I will start by saying that I read this article probably almost a year ago, a year ago I was NOT exercising and eating everything in sight, soon gaining the most non-pregnancy weight of my life.

I love the above 'image'.  It's a thought process MOST people go through, most of the time..that is unless you're just eating whatever you like and unless you're not even wanting or trying to get thirty minutes of exercise in daily.  I think we all 'want' to eat right, lose weight or improve something about ourselves.   Our bodies are meant to move.  Clearly.  This is why we can't sit around and eat endless fat and calories and be thin or fit.  We need to move..and not from the computer to the refrigerator.  Nice try ;) 

What is our bodies biggest enemy?  We are sitting on it.  

You might not want to take the following stat sitting down: According to a poll of nearly 6,300 people by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, it's likely that you spend a stunning 56 hours a week planted like a geranium — staring at your computer screen, working the steering wheel, or collapsed in a heap in front of your high-def TV. And it turns out women may be more sedentary than men, since they tend to play fewer sports and hold less active jobs.
Even if you think you have an energetic lifestyle, sitting is how most of us spend a good part of our day. And it's killing us — literally — by way of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. All this downtime is so unhealthy that it's given birth to a new area of medical study called inactivity physiology, which explores the effects of our increasingly butt-bound, tech-driven lives, as well as a deadly new epidemic researchers have dubbed "sitting disease." - Women's Day by Selene Yeager.
Then, I read this.
When you sit for an extended period of time, your body starts to shut down at the metabolic level, says Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri. When muscles — especially the big ones meant for movement, like those in your legs — are immobile, your circulation slows and you burn fewer calories. Key flab-burning enzymes responsible for breaking down triglycerides (a type of fat) simply start switching off. Sit for a full day and those fat burners plummet by 50 percent.
As if that wasn't enough. 
And even if you exercise, you're not immune. Consider this: We've become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting, says Genevieve Healy, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Cancer Prevention Research Centre of the University of Queensland in Australia. That's one big reason so many women still struggle with weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol woes despite keeping consistent workout routines.
So, this is not rocket science...get out there and move.  Every day.   


  1. This is all so true and alarming! It's good to "hear"....I need to follow this better!

  2. Wow! Very enlightening and, like AmyA said, alarming. This is such an interesting and helpful post.