Here at Move we're real believers in the power of science - you'll find that the majority of our articles are science backed.
However there are sometimes when we don't agree with the science - and an example of this is this recent study from Loyola University Health System which suggests "that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight".
Yeah- and what?
Here at Move we're on a mission to stop people thinking of exercise as a means for dropping a few pounds, because if we don't we are all missing out on the amazing effects that exercise actually creates.
- It can boost your memory
- It can improve your hearth health
- It improves your self-esteem
- It makes us happy
Not only are studies like this outdated (the study was based on American exercise guidelines of 2 1/2 hours a week of fast walking - this is a very basic plan and doesn't include much about how to tailor your exercise to your ability and challenge yourself correctly), they are also damaging and one dimensional in their suggestion that the sole pupose for people exercising is to lose weight.
Rather than thinking about fitness as a "losing weight exercise", find a fitness related goal which allows you room to consistently grow and develop, and most importantly always focus on the immediate rewards that you get from a workout - it's been proven to be one of the most effective ways to stay motivated.
- Motivation is measured by a level of emotive drive to do something and not by the measurements that can be taken afterwards
- Happiness and the feel good factor are one of the only true by-products of exercise which is why they should be the driving force behind your motivation
- Don't get sidetracked by dreams of weight loss, the "perfect body" or be too guided by various different studies