Chapter 2
Physical fitness & exercise

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.”

– Dr Kenneth Cooper

Cardio isn’t the only way to burn fat

While endurance training burns calories, resistance training is also crucial.

It boosts your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), the calorie count your body needs at rest.

A higher BMR means you burn more fat all day long, not just during exercise.

Exercise Is for Everyone

No matter your weight, you can exercise.

Find the right type and intensity for you.

If you’re overweight, consider working with an Exercise Physiologist.
They’ll design a program that’s gentle on your joints and matches your fitness level, helping you exercise safely.

You can’t choose where to lose fat on your body

Everyone’s different; fat loss order varies based on genetics.

You might lose fat from your arms, legs, belly, or other areas in any sequence.

Sit-ups strengthen abs but won’t target belly fat alone.

Sweating Doesn’t Equal Weight Loss

Sweat cools your skin and regulates body temperature.

It’s not directly linked to fat loss.

You can burn calories effectively without sweating.

Weight loss depends on burning calories, not how much you sweat.

Myth: Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulky

Fear of excessive muscle keeps some women from resistance training.

This isn’t necessary—men have 20 times more testosterone, which is crucial for large muscle gains.

Women benefit differently from lifting weights: it boosts health, metabolism, reduces osteoporosis risk, and enhances self-esteem.

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