Fitness experts always say, “exercise to trounce the extra weight”. Most of us go by their remarks but our efforts disappoint our loyalty. We exercise but still stay baffled as to why we are not weighing any less. You actually start wondering why you visit the gym in the first place. In moments like this, a few of us turn to slimming pills, corsets and such. Nonetheless, the substantial reasons behind these perplexing occurrences could save you the aggravation.
While unfamiliar to many, fat does not weigh as much as bone or muscle. Some people have heavy bones that manifest in general body weight to the extent that even when they exercise, they don’t see changes. While you exercise, fat is efficiently burnt down but some fat is replaced by muscle during this process. This kind of physiology is not common to many of us so we get disillusioned by the inefficiently changing weight. Replacing fat with muscle is not a bad thing. In fact, there are weighing scales that measure fat and muscle differently. This could serve you better if you are the kind that gets encouraged with the change in numbers.
Understanding exercise is necessary. Knowing that one cannot run as efficiently as they wish on the first day of exercise is vital. Abrupt heavy exercise could stress your muscles instead of toning them. In most cases, intensive exercise leads to relentless painful muscles due to muscle and ligament tearing. Also, inconsistent exercise could bring little or no benefits at all. It takes a number of rounds of exercise for the body to adjust and get rejuvenated. The significance of exercise is to increase the body’s metabolic weight. In lay man’s language, exercise increases the rate at which the body utilizes food. Inconsistent exercise could leave the metabolic rate sluggish. For the metabolic rate to increase efficiently, it is recommended to exercise more often. It is tolerable to start with the amount of exercise that you can manage. However, it is of use to increase the amount of exercise one does with time. The body fine tunes to exercise and if the amount of exercise is not increased, the body does not benefit much from it anymore. It is better to gradually increase the amount of exercise one does over time and eventually, the benefits will re reaped. Think about it this way, it took a long time for your body to pile on the pounds and so it is only fair to give your body enough time to get rid of it. Constant exercise over time will help you achieve this.
Angella is a student at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.She is currently in her third year offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.Angella is an essayist and the winner of the Make Every Woman Count writing Competition 2012.She is a writer and was awarded the Peers’ Favorite piece award in the writifism competition 2013 by Center for African Cultural Excellence. Angella is a researcher in health and an innovator.She was a fellow of the Global Engagement Summit 2013 in Evanston,Illinois