Why bother with exercise? Reputable news sources like Time Magazine and the New York Times have claimed - and backed up - arguments that exercise is less influential to weight loss than simply taking in less calories than you burn (which can approximately be found here.)
If it's that simple, why even bother, right? WRONG!
Exercise has so many benefits- honestly, for me it's mostly about being toned as my 21 years of age have (luckily) yet to give me many health setbacks, besides minor skin cancer scares. Thank you, Jenny, for going to the tanning bed every. single. day. during the last two years of high school. Hopefully I don't have leatherface syndrome.
(I don't have the $moo-lah$ to get H-sized boobs like Heidi Montag, and don't know if I'd ever want to!)
But seriously, down the line, exercise is going to prevent so many things. Some of these include: diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, depression and anxiety (Amen to that last fact, I'm a stressball without kickboxing and good, long runs!)
Of course, healthy eating is important, too! I love to load up on veggies, Clif bars, get my protein on (in meat form, every once in a while;) and I have a killer sweet tooth! I'll admit, exercise gets me feeling back on track too after I mindlessly snack on Starbursts the entire drive from Tampa to Gainesville... not that I've ever done that;)
So tell me, if exercise "doesn't really matter" in the long run, why do you do it? To prevent illness, anxiety or to just plain old look hot?