Brunosbud, I'm sorry if my post confused you. I'm not saying exercising less will help you. And I don't have an opinion on what would have helped Jim Fixx. My point re Fixx was that he was plenty fit and plenty sick and no amount of aerobics would have made him healthier.
Sure exercise has benefits. I'm cautioning against the one-size-fits all push-push-push approaches we are bombarded with on TV, magazine, and the web. These are simply unnecessary to obtaining a moderate level of fitness which, I believe, all the vast majority of us need. Again, fit for what?
Insanity Workouts (for an example) are, well, insane! No one needs to work out like that to become fit. How many people are going to stick with such a program? It's a waste of time, money, and energy... and at what risk level for injury?
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Fitness is simply the ability to do work. You can be tip-top fit and not healthy. The best example is that of Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Runner, a well-regarded "bible" of running. He was as fit as you can get and dropped dead while on a typical, for him, 10 mile workout run. His father died of a heart attack, too. They both suffered from heart disease.
You can be fit and have high cholesterol, and you can be fit and have low cholesterol. Yes, exercise can contribute to lowering cholesterol but there's no guarantee.
You can be fit and fat. You can reduce your weight and BMI and not necessarily be any fitter... or healthier. You can be healthy as a horse and not be fit.
Morehouse said it better than I can. Hunt for his book. It's worth the read. It will change your whole view of the current fitness madness not to mention the industry promoting it.
And please, I'm not saying don't attempt to become more fit. But ask yourself, "Fit for what?" My first post was a response to the disservice "professionals" offer by recommending workouts that are so intense that no one can stick with them. How fit will you end up then?
Wow, that's a lot of exercise. "For even more health benefits..." do how much?! You might read "Total Fitness on 30 Minutes a Week" by Laurence Morehouse, MD. For starters, there's no causative relationship between exercise and health. Exercise and fitness, sure. But the first question one should ask is, "Fit for what?" You'd be surprised how little it takes to achieve a basic level of fitness. In addition, exercise should never be a formula of X number or reps or sets or time, but movements that effect one's heart rate (pulse). Measure performance against improvement in pulse rate (lower) and avoid unnecessary fatigue and injury.View Thread
As a lifelong runner (now 70) I've never had a problem with weight management. I've tried all kinds of running, long and short, fast and slow, and walking. These days the more I jog easily along the less I enjoy it, and I end up tried and dragged out. The past year I've being doing intervals, including sprints, and in 12 minutes of exertion time (as opposed to rest/walk time) I've got a complete workout that leaves me fatigued, yes, and invigorated. Once or twice a week supplemented by low-effort walking and bicycling on off days does it for me. I've never felt better. Each of us is an experiment of 1. Forget "the best way", discover what works for you. Hint: it will be what you like.View Thread