December 15, 2018
In this newsletter . . .
Merry Christmas and
A few recent visitors were taken aback over two separate posts on the Senior Exercise Central Facebook page. Both items were picked up and posted by me from what I considered reliable news sources. The headlines of the posts that raised some hackles were the following:
“Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life”
“The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym”
The gist of the articles was that while staying active is critical in staying healthy and fit, joining gyms with their myriad of diverse workout devices is hardly necessary — and in some instances may even be counterproductive.
How could I be a party to such heresy? Am I a turncoat? Gone bonkers?
I hope not.
(If you are a Facebook member, and curious, you can access the material here.)
I think the articles were informative and agreeable, if one reads them
through. For example, “the healthiest people in the world” items are mostly excerpts taken from the best selling book of a few years ago, Blue Zones, and other studies about long-lived people around the world and their lifestyles. Good material.
But today in most developed countries modern conveniences at work and at home find us seated for long hours at desks or sofas, therefore requiring planned physical exertions at offsite locations (gyms, for example), as healthful compensation for our overly comfortable way of life.
Still, arguments have been made, and studies are always underway, that question whether even regular efforts to make up for otherwise sedentary lifestyles are adequate compensation. The jury is still out. Meanwhile we must do what we can by fitting regular, consistent exercise into our daily lives, be it in health clubs or elsewhere. Because for better or worse, high-tech and other conveniences are here to stay.
So keep moving. Keep
doing what you’re doing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Let’s meet here again on January 1, 2019.
Senior Exercise Central.
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