090: Understanding Exercise and Fitness

Episode 090: Welcome back to another installment of Real Health Radio. This week I look at exercise and fitness and their role in health. I explain what exercise and fitness are, how they benefit us, the role of hormesis in this and the major factors that determine how beneficial exercise is for you. I also discuss signs of overtraining, the type of movement that is the most supportive of health and the role exercise plays in physique.

Understanding Exercise and Fitness



Here’s what I talk about in this podcast episode:

2:21 Definition of exercise

3:40 Benefits of exercise

7:18 Hormesis and its role in the benefits you get from exercise

12:05 Factors that influence how beneficial exercise is for you

12:46 Factor 1: Where a person is health wise

19:53 Factor 2: Overall load of stress

21:26 Factor 3: Food and what a person is consuming

25:33 Factor 4: Adequate Rest

28:33 Overtraining and who can be impacted by it

33:30 What exactly fitness means

43:32 The type of movement that is most supportive of health

50:01 Exercise and physique

56:10 Fasted exercise versus non-fasted exercise


Links mentioned during the show:

My podcast on hormesis

My interview with Nicola Rinaldi

No Period. Now What?

My interview with Scott Abel

Health At Every Size

Obesity Paradox


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Chris Sandel is the founder of www.seven-health.com. He is a nutritionist, working with clients on a one-on-one basis, as well as creating online trainings and products about health and nutrition. He is the author of The Health Trap: Why "Healthy" Eating Isn't Always Healthy which is available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

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  1. Izabella Natrins says:

    Great podcast Chris – thank you! So much useful
    information well summarised and skilfully delivered.

  2. pamela says:

    Fantastic podcast Chris. I really enjoyed this and will be sharing it far and wide. You are providing such a valuable service to us all. You really cut through all the usual BS that exists around health and fitness on the internet. I, like many others I’m sure, am truly grateful.

  3. This was an excellent podcast!!! I loved the definitions of fitness – fitting exercise and fitness into our lives, instead of making them INTO our lives.

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