While people who exercise regularly do tend to be much healthier than the general population, with lower rates of diabetes and heart disease, that’s largely due to a healthy diet rather than physical activity.
A recent editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine argued that while exercise is an important tool in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type-2 diabetes and other health conditions, it isn’t enough when it comes to losing weight or staying healthy.
When embarking on your health journey it is important to appreciate that you can’t expect your body to do everything you might want if you haven’t been eating healthy and exercising together. The first step to losing weight is eating a well balanced diet, then introducing exercise to help burn off some of the excess calories that you cant lose through dieting alone. While exercising itself doesn’t actually burn many calories, it can help raise your metabolic rate so you do burn more over all.
So, while exercise is important for maintaining many aspects of overall health, the impact exercise can have is pretty limited if changes aren’t made to a bad diet. For example, walking three miles burns around 250 to 300 calories. That’s not much when a restaurant meal can easily exceed 1,000 calories.
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