A little less exercise can go a long way
As the old saying goes, “no pain, no gain.”
Exercise is only supposed to be healthy if you suffer, right?
Well, my friend, life’s too short to waste on something you hate. But I’ll bet you don’t really hate exercise. You hate what you think exercise is supposed to be: an hour of misery, pain, torture, and sweat at worst… or a boring and mind-numbing hour on a treadmill at best.
I say it’s time we take that stupid saying and toss it, because new research shows that more pain is actually no gain at all.
In fact, the harder you work out… the less you could have to show for it!
Moderation is the key to everything in life, and that includes fitness.
As you step up your activity levels, your metabolism hits a plateau, and your body stops burning calories, according to the new study of 332 adults from five countries.
It’s as if the body makes an adjustment to stop itself from losing too much at once. It’s similar to what happens when you starve: Your metabolism slows so your body can hang onto what little it has for as long as it can.
This study shows exactly why you can’t just push yourself harder in the gym and expect to lose weight.
You have to eat less – and eat better – too.
It’s not as hard as it sounds. The Mediterranean diet, for example, will help you to lose weight while still enjoying many of the foods you already love.
And as the new study shows, your “exercise” doesn’t have to be anything painful. It could be a stroll through your local park at a brisk pace or an active hobby such as tennis, dancing, or a bike ride.
If you need more help getting active, invite the grandkids over and tell them no iPhones or iPads allowed.
Once the electronics are off, you can bet they’ll keep you on your toes.