your better nature
It is simply a natural function of the human form to be physically active. Physical activity is, in fact, a consistent product that many of our core physiological processes anticipate by their very nature. Two consequences arise from this relationship. Firstly, a lack of activity has profound consequences on basic normal metabolic functioning. Secondly, the consequent flip-side of the fact that human physiology anticipates consistent physical activity is the observation that the human movement system is highly efficient. What does this basic two-sided relationship mean? It means that the common notion that exercise is merely a weight-loss tactic is entirely and radically WRONG-headed. A lack of physical activity has basic implications far "outweighing" simply a tendency for weight-gain.
not a lifestyle choice
Activated muscle is required to retain insulin and blood-sugar health, independent of the goal we often hear for exercise; i.e., "burning calories". Skeletal muscle serves as a vast reservoir for utilizing insulin-mediated blood sugar. This is not a trivial role for 'normal' activated muscle, as the alarming rate of pre-diabetes and diabetes disclose in the unnatural state that is the modern sedentary lifestyle. In addition to basic cardiometabolic functioning— stress management, emotional health, and increased protection against neurodegenerative disorders remain equally "basic" to the function of consistent physical activity. Unfortunately, many commercial weight-loss plans, and even some clinical diet programs, de-emphasize the importance of exercise due to the observation that exercise engaged as an exclusive and primary strategy for weight-loss is inefficient— but it is inefficient precisely because the body's natural state is to anticipate consistent movement. From the point of view of our basic physiology: a rudimentary level of physical activity is not an option.
Mark T. Cuatt