"One of the misconceptions about weight loss is that it is the most important outcome or benefit of fitness. It is AN outcome, but it is not the only one, and in most cases, not the most important one. There are a myriad of benefits to our physical health, mental health, and overall well-being that extend far beyond the aesthetic benefits that society has crafted us to desire.
Chronic disease prevention, improved mental health, stronger bones and muscles, and prevention of premature death are among some of the benefits of regular physical activity. Sure, weight loss/weight management can also be an outcome, but I think it would be wise of us to shift focus to these longer term, potentially life-saving benefits.
It isn't ALL about weight loss."
—Shauna Harrison, PhD, Bay Area trainer, creative director and lifestyle athlete, Zenrez, yoga teacher, brand ambassador