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7 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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  6. I would still do it. In fact, I only really exercise in regard to things I like. It is a mental thing more than anything for me. And the vast majority of exercise I do – I prefer it outside. It’s like going to church for me. Also, I had a physical therapist tell me once “motion is lotion” and it really is true. Walking is my primary form of exercise and it helps me in so many positive ways.

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  7. I would still exercise. I’ve have made types of exercise changes over the years for different reasons, but the one thing that doesn’t change, is how I feel from it. Mental therapy, confidence, strength..I can’t see life without it.

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