Trying to figure out which is more important for your health, diet or exercise, is like asking whether it’s more important to inhale or exhale. Both are important and contribute to your fitness. A healthy diet is important to weight control, overall well-being and your physical health. A good fitness routine will keep you strong, increase heart health, keep you younger looking and more vital. If you suddenly switch to an unhealthy diet, you’ll feel the difference more quickly than you would if you switched to a sedentary lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as important.
It’s impossible to use exercise to lose weight if you have a bad diet.
Eating a couple of buckets of chicken, ten candy bars, four whoppers and a few milkshakes a day will pack on the pounds, no matter how long you exercise. You simply can’t out-exercise a bad diet. However, even if you eat a healthy diet, but sit all day, you’ll rust out faster. If you’re doing everything right, you have the nutrients to keep your body healthy, build muscle tissue and keep the energy flow going, plus the circulation and movement to keep your heart and lungs healthy, while extending the telemeres on cells and keeping your microbiome healthy.
What are telemeres and what does microbiome have to do with health?
Telemeres are like the aglets—the plastic tips on shoelaces that prevent unraveling. They help prevent damage to the chromosomes and prevent fraying and damage. The longer they are, the more protection the chromosomes have. Exercise increases their length and also increases stem cell production. Your microbiome is the collection of microbes in your body. Many are necessary for digestion and good health. When you exercise, it increases the colonies of beneficial microbes. Eating healthy also does that, so both are necessary.
Both diet and exercise help manage America’s leading cause of preventable death.
Obesity is a killer, but a healthy diet and regular exercise can help tackle the problem. While the first step to conquer obesity should always be a healthy diet, regular exercise not only burns extra calories, it builds muscle tissue. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn, since muscle tissue requires more calories for maintenance than fat tissue does. Insulin resistance occurs because the cells no longer open for insulin, which means the body makes more insulin. That means packing on the pounds around the middle with visceral fat, the most dangerous type. Exercise and a healthy diet can reverse that and get you back to normal.
- Even if you don’t want to lose weight, you need a healthy diet to build muscles and boost endurance. Just like any fine-tuned machine, your body needs the right type of fuel to be its healthiest.
- You don’t have to choose between diet and exercise. You can do both and get the biggest benefit possible. The benefits of both together is even greater than sum of each one individually.
- You don’t have to sweat in a gym or travel from your home. Our programs provide at home workouts and you can supplement with activities you love. We even provide meal plans with shopping lists for added convenience.
- Don’t worry, eating healthy isn’t dieting. It’s all about making smarter choices when it comes to the food you eat. You’ll never feel deprived and even find you really like the meals and the healthy snacks.
For more information, contact us today at Wholly You Fitness