Exercise or gain weight. That is it. This topic is so important. Most people do not exercise and I don’t understand why. Well I am guessing that one reason is because people believe that the only reason to exercise is to help in the process of losing weight so they can look better. In my upcoming book you will learn why just having the goal to lose weight to look better doesn’t work. The problem also comes up when they believe that really if they stick to their eating plan then they won’t have to exercise. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
People act as if exercise is purely a cosmetic, elective activity. That it is not really necessary for good health. The fact is that exercise is something that we all have to do, consistently. I will explain to you why.
Just like on the page titled, You Must Eat, exercise is vital to keeping your metabolism up. Have you ever wondered why it is harder to keep your weight down as we get older? Did you know that after age 35 we start losing muscle at a rate of 5% every ten years! Do you see the connection? Let me explain a bit more…
Let’s talk about a woman who doesn’t exercise. When she is 35 she is 5’5” and weighs 135 lbs. (This is a very lucky woman. Most people that don’t exercise would already be overweight at age 35 unless they really restrict calories.) She has an average body fat percentage of 25%. This means that she has about 34 pounds of fat in her body. She feels pretty good at this point. Now when she is 45 she will have lost 5% of her muscle which has turned into fat. She is now 30% fat without doing anything. In order to keep her weight the same she will have to eat 150-450 fewer calories a day to maintain her weight. Most people are not aware of this. They continue to eat the same and therefore gain weight over those ten years and wonder why.
Muscle is what burns calories. Should I say that again? MUSCLE BURNS CALORIES. You need to keep your calorie burners going. The less muscle you have the less you can eat, your metabolism keeps going down, down, down. This will continue to spiral. There is no way around it.
Building muscle is what will keep you in shape and feeling younger. Do you want to go down that spiral or do you want to get in shape? It is never to late.