We all know one of those people, a skinny fat person. They don’t exercise, don’t eat particularly well and are still thin. I always thought they were just lucky. While I was logging miles and eating endless amounts of spinach, they were consuming frozen pizzas and watching movies and still weighed in neck in neck with me. I constantly asked, “How is that even fair?” I work with clients every day that come work hard, eat right, and are losing weight but may never have a tiny frame or flat stomach. Thankfully, there is more to it all than that.

It is the fit vs. fat battle. Being overweight has always been considered a risk factor for a plethora of diseases and health conditions such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and many others. Recent studies have shown that it is better to be overweight, and exercise regularly than to be a “healthy” weight and be sedentary. Activity level is a bigger indicator of health than what the scale says.

What that means is that you are preventing disease everytime you walk, run, or ride. You are doing more than just burning calories, and losing pounds. You are doing something good for your body, and for your lifespan. When you realize how life altering exercise can be, you can’t help but make time for it. If I told you that with daily exercise you could add another healthy year onto your life, that you could spend with loved ones, would that not be worth it? The benefits always outweigh the downsides. So, even if you aren’t a size 4, or even if you are, don’t ever just be satisfied. Exercise goes so far beyond a way to lose weight. It is a way to change your health, and ultimately your life.

Be active!

Becca Capell
iFit Head Trainer