Monday, February 13, 2006

Running on empty

I've long been bothered by the exercise addicts who break out into a sweat when they are prevented from working up a sweat on the treadmill. All I can tell them is : "Don't sweat it."

In Newsweek last month, Dr. Harvey Simon of the Harvard Medical School recanted a view he had preached for years: that the only way to benefit from exercise was through intense aerobic activity, complete with pounding heart and rivers of sweat. Now, citing the latest research, he says he was dead wrong, and that gentle, no-sweat exercise -- even walking or gardening -- is also highly effective.


Blogger A.J. Kaufman said...

Interesting. I think exercise is more important that what you eat. I lost 30 pounds over the course of two years by playing b-ball two days/week and cutting out late night snacks. I still ate Taco Bell, etc during the day.

Figures that these expensive studies would produce little and make it "above the fold" in big city papers. THESE are the stories 75% of Americans are interested in.

As my dad opined recently, " stereotypes are often true. Americans - by and "large" - are fat and ignorant on politics and history." Doubly correct, it seems.

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