I am a big believer that there are multiple benefits associated with exercise, for the body, mind, and soul. To me, it’s the closest thing we have to a magic pill to keep us healthy.
That’s why I was concerned when I read the results of the latest exercise study, this one conducted by the Mayo Clinic.
According to the new research, white men who worked out 450 minutes per week (or more) have double the risk of suffering from heart disease than white men who exercised less than two-and-a-half hours each week.
The recommended level of exercise is 150 minutes per week, and up until recently I was much closer to the 450 minutes per week than the 150 minutes guideline.
But this new study is causing me to rethink my approach to exercise.
If I decide to cut back on the time I spend exercising, it will be hard for me to also then readjust the fitness goals I set for myself. The goals are based on a fairly rigorous exercise plan, and I know I won’t be able to hit those goals with a less ambitious exercise plan.
I guess it’s all part of not wanting to admit that I am getting older, and that I can’t do the things I used to be able to do.
So maybe in the long run it will be good for me to cut back on my exercise, since doing may increase the odds that I make it to the long run.
And who knows, maybe at some point I won’t have to exercise at all.
Another research study I read about this week tells the story of one researcher’s quest to develop a pill that would enhance a person’s fat-burning and muscle-growing capability, all with little to no exercise.
The benefits of such a pill could obviously be life-changing.
But even if such a pill does exist someday, I don’t think I could stop exercising.
I like the discipline of it, the meditative aspect of it, and perhaps best of all, the shower afterwards, since something is much more enjoyable if you feel like you’ve earned it…