Renaissance Exercise‘s Ken Hutchins (founder of SuperSlow) writes that it’s important to “understand the difference between exercise and recreation.” His advice:
Do not try to make exercise enjoyable. Do not try to make recreation exercise. If you confuse and mix exercise and recreation, you grossly compromise any forthcoming physical benefits of the exercise; you destroy a large degree of the fun that recreation should bestow; and you make both more dangerous than they need be. Accept both for what they are. If you can place exercise and recreation in their proper perspective, the quality of your life will markedly improve.
From a weight loss/maintenance perspective, I think exercise is critical … but NOT primarily as way of burning calories.
HT Steve Parker.