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Balancing food & exercise

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

Balancing food & exercise

It can be tempting, as a gym member, to believe that it is possible to work off the effects of what we eat once we get through the gym doors.

Or, to put it another way, that we can indulge where food is concerned and then work hard once in the gym under the misconception that in doing so we can burn off that indulgence (along with any lingering guilt we may feel for consuming what was perhaps not that healthy for us in the first place).

It is a very human trait and (let’s be honest about this) we can all be affected by it at some time or other in our lives.

According to the research, however, the relationship between diet and exercise is not so conveniently balanced. In fact, recent research suggests that the effort to eradicate the impact of an unhealthy diet can be summarised in broad brush terms as follows:

40 minutes of intense weight lifting = 2 beers.

20 minutes of brisk walking = 1 glass of champagne.

45 minutes of brisk walking = 1 doughnut (!).