Don’t Believe This Lie Going Around about Exercise

beach-running-gett_2642708kI have been teaching people the benefits of weight lifting and of intense interval aerobics for more than 20 years. Six million Body-for-LIFE books were picked up by readers around the world and many of them put my quick, effective workouts to work with good results.

Now even though I am an advocate for interval workouts, I find the attached article absurd and borderline offensive. In the write up, a person who claims to be an expert on fitness, makes the claim that ‘cardio’ causes cancer, heart attacks, and increases in bodyfat.

The FACTS clearly show (facts backed up by thousands of published studies) that virtually ANY exercise is better than no exercise. Brisk walking, jogging, swimming, can all be safe forms of cardio-vascular and cardio-respiratory exercise. I want everyone to enjoy the benefits of physical activity–it is the best medicine there is for living longer and living better.

One meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Rehab looked at 33 studies with 883,372 total test subjects… researches determined that people who do cardiovascular exercise (‘cardio’) live much longer than people who don’t. “All-cause mortality was reduced 33%.”

If the topic is ‘over-training’ or doing extreme amounts of exercise, you can do that with weights, with intervals, or excessive jogging or running. Over-training is NOT the same as ‘cardio.’

Just because I am a lifter and sprinter, I would NEVER claim that it is ‘my way or the highway.’ Minute for minute, my intense workouts probably give you the best return on your investment of time in the gym… but that does not mean there aren’t many other healthy ways to get active! If you’ve read the attached article or heard other so-called experts claim that cardio causes obesity, cancer, illness, don’t believe it!! Common sense and science tell us this writer is dead wrong!

Click Here to Read The Controversial Article Titled, “Does Cardio Make You Fat?”

Comments

  1. Dawn Freligh says:

    Hello Dear Bill,
    I have been meaning to share this with you but, have not got around it. A year ago. I did your 12 weeks body-for-life program (on my own), and lost 10 pounds of fat and most importantly: My blood pressure went down by 19 STAGGERING POINTS (that was the reason why I did, I found out that it was high)!!!! no medication, no garbage, just you LOL.!!!! I was very strict with the workouts as I religiously did 6 of them a week. No aerobic just the weightlifting. But with the food, I was not as strict as I should have been as I had extenuating circumstances.
    So, THANK YOU EVER SOOOOO, OOOO SO MUCH FOR CARING.
    Please, pretty please, whoever is moderating this page, please forward this to Bill. I want that Man to read my note and see what he’s done for the little me.

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