5 thoughts on “What if exercise burned zero calories?”

  1. I would still do it as exercise always improves my mood, is my form of relaxing and helps keep me from aches and pains from lack of movement.

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  2. Hmm. That’s provocative. Yes, I’d still exercise because my body is reaping benefits from it otherwise. I also like the look of my muscles 🙂

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  3. Exercise has other advantages – it wakes me up physically, it calms me down mentally. Feeling active and strong improves my confidence. I seriously injured my spine a couple of years ago and just the hope to walk without pain is seductive enough keep me exercising and doing therapy.

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  4. For sure, I still would. It’s the best antidepressant plus it’s the closest we have to the fountain of youth! And it doesn’t burn as many calories as most people think it does anyway.

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  5. Superb thought experiment, and VERY well put. Love it. My personal answer is an emphatic yes. I began exercising long before weight management was even on my radar, and I continue finding more reasons than ever to continue. But I should qualify my answer by adding that a particularly long, strenuous, sweaty workout does make me feel I then have license to indulge in a higher sodium, higher carb meal than I might otherwise.

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