Exercise to GAIN Not Lose

If you’ve read Live It NOT Diet! you recognize that “you can’t out-exercise a crappy diet.” And if you’ve read Eat Meat And Stop Jogging, you understand that “training to go further and more frequently does more harm than good”….

…especially when it involves excessive amounts of steady-state cardio!


BUT that’s not to say you shouldn’t exercise!

Unfortunately, we’ve been taught to treat exercise as a method for ‘losing weight’ and ‘burning calories,’ when it should be a method for ‘gaining strength and muscle’ and ‘building long-term health.’

There are plenty of reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with LOSING and everything to do with GAINING.  Here are more than 25 of them:

Interestingly, many of these benefits are achieved with 30-min of a low-intensity leisurely activity, like walking. However, we can further improve these markers by adding short, intense bouts of strength and muscle building.

Researchers in a 2014 study in the journal PLoS Medicine followed 99,316 older middle-aged women for 8 years to find a 67% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in those performing 150min/week of low-intensity aerobic activity (walking), and 60-min of muscle strengthening exercise, compared to those doing none.

This is pretty close to the regimen you can expect with 1% Fitness…which is a very minimal commitment to exercise when you think about it. The key is ‘Exercising to Build NOT Burn’ and ‘Eating Your Way to Abs’ instead of trying to run there.

Stay Lean!
Coach Mike


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