Why Should People Exercise?
If you've ever asked, 'why should people exercise?', then here's one very good reason!
One thing I notice when I don't exercise is that I don't feel as hungry. Whilst this may seems beneficial from a fat-burning perspective I will explain why I think the opposite is true. When I don't exercise regularly, it is as if my appetite isn't as well regulated as it is when I do exercise regularly. When I do exercise I find that I can literally set my watch by how my body feels!
For example, if I have breakfast at 7am, I know that about 9:50am I will start feeling hungry, then when I check my watch, sure enough I am almost always 5 minutes either side of 9:50am; my body is ready for my mid-morning meal/ snack.
On the other hand, if I don't exercise regularly I find that I can go without my mid-morning meal/ snack until around 11am before I start feeling hungry. A 4-hour gap between meals means that it is highly likely that my body has likely gone into a catabolic state, I have lost muscle, slowed my metabolism down and have increased the activity of the pesky fat-storing enzymes!
Now I know you might be thinking, 'Well, why should people exercise if it makes them hungrier?' The answer is, simply because it regulates the appetite to what the body actually needs rather than simply eating for the sake of eating as most people tend to do!
In saying this, even when I exercise, if I eat too much in one meal I also find I can easily skip the next meal without even feeling a hint of hunger. For example, Adrian (my business partner) and I often go out for lunch on Friday afternoons and it is usually one of my two 'Treat Meals' for the week. Generally we go to a nice Italian restaurant in the same complex as our office and have a 'Mexicana' pizza and a creamy chicken pasta dish.
Without fail, I always miss my mid-afternoon meal simply because I am not hungry! Obviously that meal was too big and has likely also resulted in some degree of fat storage in my body, perhaps with a significant contribution from insulin. Most people notice a similar effect after a big family meal. Christmas is a good example and often results in grandpa and all the uncles falling asleep on the couch!
To take this story one step further, when I speak to people at my seminars I often find out a bit about their eating habits. Of course, when someone is trying to lose weight they will often have chicken and salad for lunch. Whilst it may be a very healthy option, the problem is that for many people about an hour later they are hungry again!
You see, that particular meal is very low in carbohydrates and immediately prior to their lunch meal their blood sugar level would have been getting fairly low. Since the meal itself was also low in carbs, there would have been only a slight increase in their blood sugar which meant that shortly after the meal it went even lower still resulting in extreme hunger pains!
Also, if exercise is performed in the evening it can burn off any excess calories that may have been eaten at dinner. This is another answer to the question, why should people exercise?
Therefore, in answer to the question, why should people exercise or why is it important to exercise?, apart from all the health benefits it offers, it also helps to regulate the appetite, which means that it can help ensure you have all of your 5 or 6 small meals a day and also makes it easier to tell if your portion sizes are correct or not.
If you would like to discover even reasons to exercise and how to select the best form of exercise for you, please get a copy of my e-book, Look Good, Feel Great!
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