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June 1, 2010 12:41 PM
Am I the only one that doesn't see the purpose of exercising just to eat a few more calories? It seems to just cancel itself out!
June 1, 2010 12:44 PM
the whole thing with exercise is that it builds muscle. and muscle will burn more calories than fat, so you are boosting your metabolism. and it's healthy for you! keeps your body in shape! that's all the reason i need :)
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June 1, 2010 12:45 PM
Really??? You see no benefit to heart health and general wellness? Bodies need to move to function!
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June 1, 2010 12:45 PM
How about improving your cardiovascular health, increase endurance, build strength, strengthen your bones, keep your metabolism up, keep you active and making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Not to mention the sense of accomplishment and pride in yourself, the increase in daily energy and adrenalin.

Just that is a good enough reason for me.
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June 1, 2010 12:46 PM
Wow, how could exercise be pointless? Gets the blood pumping, the muscles tightening, the lungs functioning, gets the libido going...quells anxiety and depression. What doesn't exercise do?
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June 1, 2010 12:47 PM
I kinda felt the same way at first but now I think it motivates me to actually do some exercise because then I get to eat more, I'm just trying to make healthier choices with what I eat :) I am also noticing that I am able to do more physically. Small amounts as it may be, I know that will increase the more I get active. I am also starting to feel slightly stronger too.
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June 1, 2010 12:49 PM
There are many benefits to exercise other than being able to eat more calories. Their is Cardio exercise which builds up your cardiovascular system so you get a stronger heart and live longer. Then their is resistance training. Builds lean muscle. As you build lean muscle your metabolish increases and allows you to eat more food without gaining all that weight back. Those are just 2 of the many benefits of exercise. Now get off the couch and hit the gym..LOL
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June 1, 2010 12:50 PM
My grandpa died of a heart attack. So this is a way for me to not only keep my heart strong, but also to build muscle, endurance, burn FAT (when you lose weight, you lose more than just fat - you could be losing muscle if you're not on a healthy plan, and you also lose water). Exercising has loosened up my joints so that I'm not as stiff anymore.

There are so many benefits to exercising than just losing weight!! And I don't usually exercise SO I can eat more... (although sometimes, I do!) it's usually that I do it because I want to feel good and feel accomplished and know my body is capable of doing amazing things...and then yes, I eat those calories back, because I know I can't have too large a deficit.
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June 1, 2010 12:53 PM
Actually, beyond the fact that exercise improves my health and makes me feel better I think the fact that you earn more calories back is great motivation to go to the gym or go take my dog for a long walk/run. It isn't truly cancelling out since you are not going above what you are alloted for the day. :)
Edited by Bratkins On June 1, 2010 12:54 PM
June 1, 2010 12:54 PM
I smell Troll!
June 1, 2010 12:54 PM
Plus, you can't build hot-looking muscle with diet alone! bigsmile
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June 1, 2010 12:54 PM
My main motivation for exercising? ENERGY.

I can't put a value on the energy I get from exercising! It's made me such a happier person :)
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June 1, 2010 12:55 PM
I find there are so many benefits to exercise, for me I have to exercise in order to live, yes really
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June 1, 2010 12:59 PM
All of the reasons everyone mentioned are right but I have to say the number 1 reason I like to exercise has nothing to do with weight loss. It is STRESS!!!! We are going through are very high stress period of our lives and ever since I started working out I feel happier and I feel like I deal with things so much better. My husband and I argue less. I was one of those people that would subconsciously pick an argument just so I could let off some steam. So even if I had lost no weight the emotional benefits would still be 100% worth it for me.
June 1, 2010 1:01 PM
I agree with Vinjama.
Do not feed the troll!
June 1, 2010 1:04 PM
QUOTE:

I agree with Vinjama.
Do not feed the troll!

Troll?? I'm lost, but that's not unusual.
  289626
June 1, 2010 1:04 PM
If your not exercising for weightloss then by all means do it for other reasons. Stronger muscles, stronger heart and lung function, stave off or minimize arthritis in later yrs, builds strong bones, helps lower bad cholesterol, the list goes on and on......happy
June 1, 2010 1:09 PM
In terms of weight loss based on the way MFP sets up your calorie deficits? Yes, exercise is pointless.

But, in terms of your HEALTH? Um, no, exercise is in no way pointless. wink

If you need to think about it on different terms, why don't you eat maintenance calories and then use exercise to creat your calorie deficit? smile It's the same thing as pre-setting a calorie deficit into your diet and then eating your exercise calories, but looking at it that way seems to help some people understand the big picture a little more.
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June 1, 2010 1:11 PM
QUOTE:

All of the reasons everyone mentioned are right but I have to say the number 1 reason I like to exercise has nothing to do with weight loss. It is STRESS!!!! We are going through are very high stress period of our lives and ever since I started working out I feel happier and I feel like I deal with things so much better. My husband and I argue less. I was one of those people that would subconsciously pick an argument just so I could let off some steam. So even if I had lost no weight the emotional benefits would still be 100% worth it for me.


That is my FAVORITE benefit of exercise! My husband and I actually workout together and it has made our relationship so much better!!!
Edited by OnieBee On June 1, 2010 1:12 PM
June 1, 2010 1:11 PM
QUOTE:

My main motivation for exercising? ENERGY.

I can't put a value on the energy I get from exercising! It's made me such a happier person :)


110% AGREED!!! Besides, I rarely eat my exercise calories, that has nothing to do with why I exercise! smile
June 1, 2010 1:11 PM
100 Benefits of Exercise


A major and often overlooked benefit of exercise is that it helps you to sleep better.

But the benefits of exercise don't stop there. Below are 100 other benefits of exercise (not necessarily in order of importance).
1. Reduces blood pressure
2. Reduces cholesteral levels
3. Increases the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol in the blood)
4. Reduces chances for coronary heart disease
5. Increases efficiency of heart and lowers resting heart rate
6. Makes heart muscles stronger
7. Improves contractile function of the heart
8. Strengthens lungs
9. Improves respiratory function
10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance
11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles
12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body
13. Reduces chances for stroke
14. Helps to alleviate varicose veins
15. Increases metabolic rate
16. Stimulates digestion
17. Makes digestion more efficient
18. Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes
19. Reduces changes for colon cancer
20. Strengthens and develops muscles
21. Increases efficiency of muscles
22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles
23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints
24. Eases muscular tension
25. Alleviates back problems
26. Increases muscle flexible and agility
27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time
28. More healthy skin due to the fact that skin pores open more during exercise, resulting in more efficient removal of dirt and impurities
29. Burns up and removes toxins from body
30. Increases blood flow to the brain
31. Stimulates growth of nerve cells in memory center of the brain
32. Improves various indexes of psychological functioning
33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it
34. Increases sense of well being
35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated
36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated
37. Alleviates boredom
38. Lessens worry and tension
39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood
40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours
41. Enhances mood
42. Reduces anxiety more effectively and safely than anxiety-reducing medication
43. Boosts energy
44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened
45. Increases sense of self control
46. Provides source of pleasure and fun
47. Releases anger and negative emotions
48. Reduces depression more effective than short or long-term psychotherapy
49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance
50. Boosts immune system functioning
51. Reduces severity of asthma
52. Improves functioning of organs
53. Can relieve tension headaches
54. Can reduce the urge to smoke because the adrenaline rush and stress relief from a brief workout can replace similar feelings smokers get from tobacco
55. Burns calories
56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently
57. Causes weight loss
58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning
59. Can act as an appetite suppressant
60. Decreases fat tissue
61. Improves physical appearance
62. Enhances one's image and opinion of the body
63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis
64. Reduces joint discomfort
65. Help manage arthritis
66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result
67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm
68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction
69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow
70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes
71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar
72. Has a significant salutary effect on fibrinogen levels
73. Alleviates menstrual cramps
74. Improves athletic performance
75. Can add years to one's life
76. Enhances quality of life
77. Reduces pain and disability
78. Improves glycogen storage
79. Reduces risk of developing certain types of cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine lining and breast and other chronic diseases
80. Regulates hormones
81. Allows you to overcome illness or injury more quickly
82. Can lessen medical bills
83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health
84. Can allow for better performance at work
85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older
86. Can keep health care insurance premiums lower
87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates
88. Allows for healthy pregnancy
89. Increases energy and ability to do things one likes
90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression
91. Can help make possible increased income due to increased energy
92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning
93. Can stimulate mentally
94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight
95. Provides a healthy break from work
96. Adds variety and spice to life
97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed
98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners' high
99. Provides heightened alertness
100. Reduces inflammation


http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/exer-100benefits.html
June 1, 2010 1:18 PM
Since I started exercising, my headaches have gone away and I have more energy. No headaches make me a much happier and nicer person to be around.....at least that why my husband says. laugh
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June 1, 2010 1:20 PM
Wow? Pointless? Hellz no! Listen to what the others have posted, its very good advice!!!
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June 1, 2010 1:22 PM
I think i just need to qoute "Elle" from leagally blonde. Excersice gives you endorphines, endorphines make you happy! Happy people just don't kill people. They just don't.
June 1, 2010 1:24 PM
POINTLESS? are you kidding me? it shouldn't be just about weightloss...OUR entire existence is built on moving our bodies...we were not created to sit...
there's many benefits to exercise other than cancelling out calories...
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