Here is yet another example of a negative approach to eating and exercise from an article called “Can You Afford the Extras?” They might as well have renamed the feature:
You’ve probably seen this sort of thing so often that you don’t stop to think about how absurd it is. Exercise is for health and vitality, not for earning the right to eat or punishing yourself for eating.
Worse than being absurd, this kind of messaging often has the opposite effect. Instead of causing people to decide that the food isn’t worth it, they decide that the exercise isn’t worth it.
Subconsciously, the message people hear is, “If you eat _______ (fill in the blank with something you love), you have to do X minutes of _______ (fill in the blank with some dreaded exercise). No wonder so many people say they hate to exercise!
To illustrate the stupidity of this kind of threatening approach to eating, just imagine if it were the other way around:
If you want to bicycle for 20 minutes, you have to eat two chocolate truffles
Ridiculous, huh? Then why do they think it makes sense the other way around?
Now contrast that with this short video about the power of making physical activity FUN!