American Physical Therapy Assocation responds to Time Magazine article about exercise

I saw this post about a controversial article about weight gain and exercise at Moving Forward, the APTA’s blog, and just had to bring it to your attention. According to the APTA,  a Time Magazine cover story leads readers to believe that regular exercise is not the best way to maintain a healthy weight and in fact may cause unhealthy weight gain.

This seems so strange to me, especially despite all kinds of evidence to the contrary. The article makes all kinds inferences connecting cause and effect, which I don’t think were scientifically tested, but I was glad to see that the APTA has joined a group of other organizations (see below) in sending a letter to the editor of Time explaining why exercise is good for us in other areas of our health, in addition to weight loss.

I hope people who read the article don’t take it as an excuse to quit exercising. I am not worried about people who already exercise consistently. Anyone who does, knows that the benefits of exercise go way beyond mere weight control, which it also does. It is those who are not exercising that are at risk of stopping altogether after reading an article like this.

Here is a link to their letter to the editor regarding the article.
Here is a link to the Time article.

Here is a list of the organizations that were part of the letter:

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
American Kinesiotherapy Association
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
American Physical Therapy Association
Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Avamere Health & Fitness Club
Be Active New York State
Diane Sabba, Motivational Coach
Fitness Together
Healing Moves Foundation
Ian Fagala, Personal Trainer
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
International Council on Active Aging
International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association
Iuka Hospital Wellness Center
Kelly Kidd, Personal Trainer
Lighten the Load
Medical Fitness Association
National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
Nia International
Plus One
Pop Warner Little Scholars
Shaping America’s Youth
Sleep Consultants, Inc.
Società Italiana di Medicina dello Sport e dell’Esercizio
Stephen Taylor, Endurance Coach & Fitness Trainer
Summit Cancer Solutions
Survivors’ Training®
Tara Raisig, RN
United States Professional Tennis Association
USA Table Tennis
USA Taekwondo
Youth Fitness Coalition/Project ACES

Author: Jeff

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. I am not a physical therapist (I have been a physical therapy patient plenty though) and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great travel physical therapy company that has a lot to offer physical therapists and PTAs interested in a travel career. I do post travel physical therapy jobs from Medical Solutions on this site, and write about travel physical therapy, but you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Career Consultant). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of a travel therapy career with you.

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