It was 71 degrees out with a light breeze when I ran my 3.1 miles this morning! Birds were singing, passed a few other happy exercisers either walking, jogging or pedaling too! Had some good tunes popping in my my ear and I knew I was burning some nasty fat off my body! When you do the math, exercise does not seem to help weight loss drastically from a strictly calorie-burning standpoint. Moderate jogging for 30 minutes burns around 300 calories. Do this about 12 times and you will burn a pound. But exercise has other benefits that aren’t measured by that little computer on the treadmill:
- Increased Resting Metabolism: Exercise has been shown to increase your resting metabolic rate. This simply means that your body will burn more calories doing the same things (such as sleeping) than before.
- Muscle Building and Repair: After exercising your body must repair tired muscles and build up new ones — all of this takes calories to do.
- Make Digestion Inefficient: It is possible that exercising after eating will make digestion less efficient, thereby allowing calories that would have gotten into your body to pass through.
- Helping You Make Good Choices: Exercise reduces stress, helps you sleep, and makes you feel good. All of these reduce your tendency to eat poorly.
So get up off that couch and start moving a little! It’s all good!