The Dreaded E-Word — 5 Comments

  1. Very interesting post!! I for one hate exercising but do walk quite a bit (about 45 min per day, mostly to and from work but also to the mall or 7-11 for a slurpee). I play quite a bit of “recreational” sports like soccer and I go skiing and golfing. So I can see both sides of the argument, because I eat anything I want to and have a sky-high metabolism. I can’t gain weight if I try. I can eat junk for a month and I will not gain weight. I wonder if long-term exercise or a healthy lifestyle boosts the metabolism to the point where I can eat more than the average person. I personally think it is a combination of moderation between diet and exercise. I have to agree with Cameron – I am not hungry after playing competitive or recreational sports – I am usualy excited if we win, and exhausted, but not hungry.

  2. Cameron: Anecdotal evidence – i.e., your experience – doesn’t disprove the research cited in the Time’s article. Neither can articles online refute it unless they’re based on sound research methodology.

    Please note that the Time’s article did not say that exercise is bad (oh, yes, this does allow HTML; comments just need to be approved manually by me). It simply presented research that calls into question the claim by the fitness industry that you have to work-out very, very hard to see any benefits (preferably also spend lots of money at a health club or on a personal trainer).

  3. I’ve just discovered this blog, and while I love your championing the single lifestyle, I disagree with this post. I lost 25 pounds 7 years ago, and have kept the weight off, through changes in diet, combined with a devotion to running – modest distances on weekdays, then 11 miles every Saturday. And, while I don’t belong to a gym, work with weights intensively, leaving a 2-day period for muscle recovery.

    Mr. Stone in his article begins by describing exercise in the worst possible light: like a physically and psychologically tortuous ordeal. I say, while you want to ease into it, it’s a glorious release, a way of physically and mentally “recalibrating” yourself, and achieving numerous health benefits, to boot. And yes, walking is beneficial, but the way I’ve been a rare-success story in an area dominated by soul-crushing failure is through intensive exercise where you sustain major exertion for extended periods of time. And I don’t feel hungry after my 11-mile runs – I get into a “zone” where I don’t crave much food. Furthermore I don’t appreciate articles telling me – and thousands of others – we’ll eat more food and GAIN weight through exercise when WE’RE the ones who achieved success in a way that’s completely at odds with this article’s claims.

    I have NO problem saying Time’s article is misguided, and they did a disservice by publishing it. With our cherished right to a free press, you can find many, many other articles refuting it online.

  4. Thanks for this post! I feel kind of vindicated now. I love walking, but my ex-bf always scoffed at me because I didn’t sweat it out at the gym. Now I have proof that regular brisk walking is just as good! On that note, no wonder obese people seem so scarce in NYC. 🙂

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