Taekwondo, Time Magazine Vs Exercise

Oh it was so good to go back tonight ! I was relatively rubbish, it felt like I had forgotten everything until the end when we did breaking boards for the first time. I managed to break one with an axe kick and really pleased that managed one with a back-hooking kick – I am not always accurate or controlled as I would like to be with those kicks yet, so it was a good time to get it right ! Yay !

Now to put in a lot more work on stances as well as kicks.

There was an interesting post on Moving Forward about the recent article in Time about Exercise. I thoroughly recommend reading the Time article as well.

“The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.”

I’m not sure I agree with this, especially considering the different types of exercise that I now do, even the small exercises,  in addition to walking and other regular movement such as wandering around & doing stuff in the house, etc.  I think it depends what type of food and drink you choose to regain your strength and muscle care, after exercise. And that affects how you approach your next bit of exercise and so on. Cory Blickenstaff also points to a John Cloud article looking at adult nutrition and some of the scientific claims made over the years and mentions that it is difficult to draw conclusions in terms of supplements, specific food types because of the lack of specific evidence.

The Time article doesn’t look entirely at nutrition but mentions the other health benefits of exercise – such as martial arts – the overall understanding of developing greater self control and discipline. If self control is a muscle as mentioned in the article then maybe we do need to develop muscle memory, so practising self control several thousand times should help.

I love the mix of martial arts where you have tai chi, qigong which still involve intense adjustment and learning about weight balance and movement as well as the higher impact ones like taekwondo, having a balance, even if you only know a few movements in these (like me), it makes a difference – to quality of living !

Few posts coming up soon back to online collaboration, conflict – I’ve been a bit under the weather and so has my laptop – how soon before technology and human biorhythms meet !