Back to the Future 3

Doc: In the future, we don’t need horses. We have motorized carriages called “automobiles.” 

Barfly: If everybody’s got one of these auto-whats-its, does anybody walk or run any more?

Doc: Of course we run, but for recreation. Fun.

Barfly: Run for fun? What the hell kinda fun is that?! 

Americans exercise the most

The idea that people are overweight because they are not exercising enough is disproved by data. 

In July 2013, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released a policy report “The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study” at a White House event. 

The research found, “as physical activity increased between 2001 and 2009, so did the percentage of the population considered overweight”. 

Other studies go on to show that overweight people do about the same amount of physical activity as lean people do. 

Meanwhile, obesity may lead to inactivity, not the other way around. 

A new survey of 8,000 people living in Europe and the U.S. — 1,000 from each country, also including Sweden, Germany, Italy, and Netherlands — found that an average of 72 per cent of people set fitness goals. 

While nearly a third (29 per cent) claims to hit their target most of the time, five per cent always fail. Across the board, 11 per cent plan to do less exercise in the future.

The survey was commissioned by TomTom, maker of navigation products and GPS sport watches.

Results showed that Americans lead the fitness league, exercising 135 days a year compared with a global average of 112, while Britons exercise an average of just 108 days a year. Italians exercise just 96 days a year, while the Dutch exercise 93 days a year.


CDC Report: March 2018

For a third year in a row, a majority of American adults are exercising as much as their government recommends. But that does not appear to be curbing the nation’s obesity rate, which in 2017 reached an all-time high.

Nearly one in three people in America—31.4%—today are obese, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

For years, one of the most robust public health responses to America’s growing weight problem has been to encourage exercise. 

And people seemed to have listened: today, almost 54% of Americans meet the US government’s aerobic exercise recommendation, which calls for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity workouts (such as walking briskly or playing tennis), or 75 minutes a week of more intense exercise (such as jogging or swimming laps).

“But the theory that merely getting enough exercise will keep people fit and healthy hasn’t proven out, as obesity rates keep rising.”

In fact, it is interesting to compare the belief that  less exercising causes overweight to the belief that partying less causes aging. 

  • People party less when they become older. 
  • With age come metabolic changes that make staying out until 3 a.m. harder.
  • They don’t get older because they party less. 
  • The same holds true with exercise and obesity.

The Military Origin of Aerobics for Vietnam War

  • You may be surprised that aerobics was created for military training.
  • U.S. Airforce Col. Kenneth Cooper, an exercise physiologist, and Col. Pauline Potts, a physical therapist, were puzzled about why some people with excellent muscular strength were still prone to poor performance at tasks such as long-distance running, swimming, and bicycling.
  • In 1968, they published Aerobics. The book came at a time when increasing weakness and inactivity in the general population was causing a perceived need for increased exercise. 
  • Not for weight loss!
  • Promoted by Anti-Vietnam War Activists in the 1980s
  • Aerobics gained worldwide popularity after the release of Jane Fonda‘s exercise videos in 1982.

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    • Adaptive thermogenesis is the terminology that describes how your body responds to calorie restriction. Your body’s goal is to maintain a stable environment where it has enough energy to do the many energy-requiring tasks it needs to do (body temperature, heart rate…).
    • It reacts to changes in energy balance by speeding up your metabolism (when you eat too much) or by slowing things down (when you don’t consume enough energy). 
    • Adaptive thermogenesis refers to a slowing of metabolism that is greater than expected based on your lean body mass. When you lose weight, you generally lose muscle. 
    • This reduces your energy needs and your metabolism slows slightly. 
    • Adaptive thermogenesis is a slowdown in metabolism that’s independent of muscle loss.