Indeed, many women, full and not so, are so worried about the deficiencies of their body that they become shapeless. “I met many people who avoided looking at themselves and loading themselves physically,” says Dr. Robinson, who leads group classes with obese women. Apparently, they believe that, not paying attention to their figures, they protect themselves from spiritual experiences. Fortunately, this is not very helpful. But this attitude makes you even less active. ”
The things we fear can be real salvation for us. In their experience of conducting group therapy classes, Dr. Robinson and her colleague Jane Bacon were convinced that when their obese patients began to exercise, their self-confidence increased dramatically. “At first, we didn’t focus on this, but gradually began to understand how important physical exercises are to love your body,” said Dr. Robinson. If you train your body, you feel that there is something in it that you might like. When you see how your stamina and strength increase, you start to forget how your body looks and start thinking about other things. You realize that your body is not created to look at, but to function and move. ”
The experience of Dr. Robinson with her patients does not contradict the results of another study, according to which exercise helps to get rid of depression and even improves mood in people who are not depressed. One of the most encouraging findings of the last study is that the process of doing physical exercises, and not the training itself, leads to an increase in mood, which means that one does not need to have an athlete's health in order to experience similar feelings of satisfaction. A study done at the Institute of Aerobic Studies in Dallas, Texas gave the same results for life expectancy. Observation of more than 10,000 men and 3,000 women has shown that even a slight increase in physical activity, a half-hour walk with quick steps can significantly reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack, cancer, or other fatal illness.