What if fitbits are bullshit, and treadmills really are torture devices?
Although our culture is more workout obsessed than ever, we’re fatter than ever, too. Something isn’t working.
According to a recent article published by the Atlantic, “Exercise in Futility”, new research suggests that working out might actually slow your metabolism down.
Scientists discovered that although foragers in rural Tanzania walked up to twice as far as Westerners each day, they didn’t burn any extra calories. The same evidence emerged from studies done on monkeys in the wild compared to those kept in the zoo, there was little to no difference.
There is a mild caloric requirement increase when beginning a new exercise program, but it would appear that your body quickly adapts and resets your metabolism accordingly.
In light of this evidence, perhaps it’s time we stop sugar-coating the problem. Pun intended.
We all eat too much. Although our lifestyles have changed little in the past 30 years the average daily intake has jumped by over 500 calories. And those calories aren’t coming from organic carrots.
Conscious forms of movement (like yoga) as a means of building stronger bones, combating anxiety, and increasing concentration are, and always will be, a worthwhile pursuit.
But if you’re pounding the pavement in search of some sort of physical ideal, you might want to set that burden aside. It’s not going to work nearly as well as pushing yourself away from the dinner table.