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Do You Exercise Just So You Can Indulge?

Exercise has many health benefits, but most people love that it burns calories. So that means it can help us lose weight, or it can prevent weight gain if we know we want to enjoy a hot fudge sundae later.

Tell me, is your main reason for exercising to be able to eat whatever you want and not have to worry about gaining weight?

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mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 8 years
i eat a lot better when i'm exercising. i feel guilty if i put in a good workout and then eat double the calories i just burned. so one of the reasons i work out is to make myself eat better too.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
You would have to exercise so much to eat literally whatever you want! I work out because it makes me feel stronger.
syako syako 8 years
I exercise for so many reasons. Number one is to be healthy, have strong bones and muscles and age gracefully. But I definitely like the fact that when I do workout, I can indulge guilt free every once in a while.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I exercise to be healthy and fit. I find that when I exercise, I'm less likely to eat unhealthy foods. I don't overindulge because I don't want to cancel a good workout with all the calories of an indulgence.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Using exercise as an excuse to eat crappy food, or eat a ton of food is probably a huge factor in why some people are obese. I have never once used exercise as an excuse to eat like crap. And seriously, if you spend an hour at the gym and burn 500 calories -- that is what, a couple cookies? A couple handfuls of chips? That's not much.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
I still eat very very healthily when i exercise, i exercise five days a week, because i want my health to be as good as possible and to stay healthy and able to get around with my true love for as long as possible.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Not really. I don't indulge much.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
I really like food, so I love that I can eat a whatever I want and not gain weight. Not that I always eat unhealthy stuff, I just eat a lot and enjoy it all :D Though I also exercise because the pill makes me a crazy hormonal person and exercising seems to counteract that.
miamixo miamixo 8 years
Yes, if I want doughnuts or m&ms I need to work my ass off first.
Madelin Madelin 8 years
On weekends I tend to do this because that is when I have wine and go out for dinner so I make a point of putting in a hard workout like a long run or a spin class because I know dinner out is always higher in calories and fat.
2muchtv 2muchtv 8 years
I exercise because it makes me feel good. However, I have and will always indulge. But there's not much to for me to indulge in, since I can't stand processed foods *cries*, so I make my own treats. There's also diminishing marginal returns (the first bit of ice cream is delish, but the forth, not as much), so my indulgences tend to be 2-3 bites before I pawn the food off on a friend.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Well, I'm not going to lie...I do like that I can eat more when I work out. I do eat a pretty healthy diet most of the time, but I do like to enjoy a few "extras" that exercising helps to burn off. Plus, like laellavita, if I eat too little and still work out, I get too skinny and my period goes away. I'm not one of those people who will go running just to eat a cheeseburger or whatever, though.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
I actually indulge so I can exercise. if I eat heathfully and exercise as much as I do, I tend to lose weight rather quickly, and I finally got to a point where I like where I'm at, so every so often I indulge so the scale doesn't drop too low.
La-Heidi La-Heidi 8 years
ACTUALLY, i exercise so as NOT to feel the necessity to indulge. its magic for me!!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
No, exercising makes me want to eat healthier. If I spend two hours at the gym and then eat something really unhealthy, I always feel like I wasted those hours.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, I exercise to feel good, and look good. Although I enjoy food, I'm not a foodie.
whitemouse whitemouse 8 years
I try to listen to my body, as far as eating goes, and when I exercise I don't crave bad things or a lot of food (most of the time) - I crave fruits, veggies, and lean proteins and I drink so much water (especially in the summer) to replenish that it doesn't take much food to fill me up :D
oldbluejeans oldbluejeans 8 years
I can increase my exercise level dramatically and not lose weight unless I also diet. I am not saying that's true for others, but it is for me. In fact, I can take my cycling up to 250 - 300 miles per week, increase my swimming and walking, and still lose absolutely nothing. Or, I can diet and lose weight regardless of my exercise level.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I always eat whatever I want... I don't always exercise... I exercise to feel ALIVE, i love how I feel during a leisurely walk or swim, and also about 10mins afterwards. Great feeling, I dont use exercise as an excuse to eat bad.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Exercising makes me want to eat healthy, so that I don't negate all of the hard work I've just done!
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