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You're Thin, But Are You Thin On The Inside?

by rjlight (writer), In between the bay and LA, May 10, 2007

I have a chart on the mirror in my bathroom to motivate me to exercise. The chart is a list of reasons to exercise. Sometimes it works and I go out running or walking and sometimes I try to avoid eye to paper contact.

I’m actually fortunate. I’m lean even if I don’t exercise. Notice I said “lean” and I didn’t say “healthy”. Because I’m not overweight, I can convince myself that I don’t need to exercise, well, unless I focus on the backside jiggling.

According to the latest research, however, I could be fat on the inside. Doctors are now taking a look at internal fat around the heart, liver and other organs.· This fat can be inside thin people who look healthy, but eat fatty and sugary foods and don’t exercise enough. Internal fat could be just as dangerous as the fat on the outside. Have I been caught? Apparently, my last bowl of ice cream does matter.

The truth is I have no excuse for not exercising more. I can find at least a half-hour a few times of week to walk, run or work out. I get distracted with other things—like writing and don’t do it. The truth is, I feel healthier when I exercise regularly, and I even write better.

In addition to the general benefits of exercise I hear everyday, I’m faced with others that are more personal. According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that exercise can reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 50 percent. My father died of colon cancer in 1997. I can help ward off colon cancer in my life by exercising. Shouldn’t that get me on the treadmill?

A study published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that exercise may reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by 30 to 40 percent. My mother is showing early stages of dementia, so once again I am faced with a very compelling reason to exercise.

So what’s my excuse? Well, my last one was my apparent “thinness” – now doctors are taking that one away. I guess it’s time to give up my excuses and get out my running shoes.


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2 comments on You're Thin, But Are You Thin On The Inside?

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By rjlight on June 07, 2007 at 10:35 pm
I wouldn't take it personally they are probably jealous! :)
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By Alida88 on June 02, 2014 at 08:06 am

Ok that might be true and pozycjonowanie

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