I exercise every day. Biking, walking, yoga, swimming, and/or stretching. If I don't exercise I get tired, depressed, and feel worn out. I feel that I owe my body movement and the endorphins that come from it. I understand that some days my body is more open where I can bike 30 minutes, moderately walk for an hour, do yoga, and a sprint. Other days I'm lucky to get in my bike. Exercise instructor (and all around cool fat chick) Jeanette DePatie understands we need to do exercise but as much as our bodies can do and as we have to listen when it comes to intuitive eating, we have to do the same thing with exercise. We have to listen to the signals our body gives us duing exercise.
This sign to me represents a culture where we learn to ignore the signals our bodies send as we work out. This is about a culture of masochism, where the more pain and agony you endure during a workout, the closer you bring your body to the edge of absolute destruction during a workout, the better. And as an exercise teacher this makes me absolutely crazy. Because, the messages you receive from your body are the most important line of defense, the most important tool you could possibly use to keep yourself safe as you work out.
We live in a culture of all or nothing. Where you either do hardbody exercise or none at all. Consider what I wrote about a few weeks ago about a study that was picked up by the media that fat women don't exercise but neglected to mention that we still moderately exercise. Not everyone (Not just fat people but thin ones too) can do a few hours of exercise a day.
The New York Times looked at a study that showed exercise was a key to longevity, regardless of weight.
Over all, people in the lowest exercise category had about twice the risk of dying from heart disease as those in the middle group and six times the risk of those in the group who exercised the most often and vigorously.
Meanwhile run down of the Kramer study was picked up by the media as the reason you can't be fat and fit (I wrote about it in December 2013. Which he tracked down the author who even said the study showed that if you are fat, the best thing for you was to get fit.of Fierce Freethinking Fatties did an amazing
These are different things. For example, if you are obese, it’s best if you are fit. Let’s say you exercise three times a week or four times a week, it has a protection compared to people that are obese and do not exercise.
The important issue here is to listen to your body. Take it for lovely walks, runs, swim whatever you and it enjoy. Do it as much as you can while listening to what your body says.