Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you eat.
The other day that quote was on the white board at the gym where I work out. It is so true. I have been following the blog of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff for several years now. He makes it clear in blog posts like this one and this one that exercise does not make you lose weight, only good food choices can do that. But as Dr. Freedhoff likes to emphasize exercise is the single best thing you can do to have a healthy body.
Exercise can help you sleep better, make you less anxious and more positive, improve the appearance of your skin, strengthen the density of your bones so you are less likely to break them, give you more energy, enhance brain function and memory, reduce chronic pain and boost your sex drive.
For much of my life I did look at exercise as a punishment for what I ate and I have to say that learning from Dr. Freedhoff that food and exercise aren’t connected actually has made me enjoy exercise a whole lot more.
Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.