>My one relaxing thing to do at work is to read Time Magazine. Odd, I know. But when I decide to have lunch in my room because the morning has been especially hairy, I enjoy reading the goings-on in the world, courtesy of Time. I get (or rather got) the mag free when my students got their Time For Kids last year. This year I’m doing National Geographic Explorer but do I get that free? NOOO. Fortunately, I get NG at home. Alas, this leaves me with nothing to read at work:(
So I had ONE issue of Time left and I read it last week during lunch. I really enjoyed this article about how exercising doesn’t really help make you thin.
Basically, exercising won’t make you thinner because you:
- Tend to eat more when you exercise since your body needs more energy to replace the calories you burned.
- Tend to eat more thinking you deserve that cookie since you worked out.
- Tend to be less active throughout the day/evening since you had such a hard workout.
Last Sunday I went to yoga. It was a new class and place so I didn’t know their routine and MAN was I sweating like a pig by the end!!! I was WORKED OUT. Went to Whole Foods afterwards and thought, I can have a piece of pizza for lunch because I worked out! Sat around the rest of the day cause I worked out. Didn’t want to do much cause I worked out. In the end, I did take Sadie for a walk. But I worked out, I didn’t have to do anything, RIGHT?
So yes, makes sense how you can actually gain/replace weight when you exercise. SO TRUE!!
The cure for this is to be active DURING the day, not just at one big workout. As a teacher I walk, sit, stand, and scream (hehe) all day at my job. When I wear my pedometer, I get close to 10,000 steps by the time I get home. And then I take Sadie for a walk after dinner. I eat healthy generally. I’m good to go:)
I think I’m okay.
But I just wanted YOU to know about this.
Cause I worked out.