“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” –Hippocrates –
As we undergo the grand experiment of urbanization, we find ourselves leaving the farms, fields and forests, where walking to get around is the norm, behind. In the urban environment, it can be easy to find ourselves sitting for most of the day including as we transport ourselves in an automobile.
For decades, we’ve recognized that this sedentary lifestyle carries is associated with many health risks, including the“Big Urban 5”lifestyle epidemics: cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, Respiratory problems, Cancers and Mental Depression.
Weight control has also been linked to levels of exercise.
LINK: To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More
Recently, however, some evidence suggests that too much endurance exercise, especially running, maybe unhealthy over the long run.
LINK: When Exercise Does More Harm than Good
LINK: Training very hard ‘as bad as no exercise at all’
LINK: The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life
But how good is the solution that is most commonly prescribed—exercise? And the place it is most commonly expected to get done —at the gym? What kinds of exercise are best? The medical
community has often cited something like at least half an hour,five times a week, of endurance activity that raises heart rate and makes us sweat.
Where does this standard come from? Is endurance the most important part of exercise? What about strength training? Which muscles should we keep strong—legs,arms, trunk? What about face, pelvis, hands?
Looking forward to your thoughts on a complicated Enough question…
Please respond with a comment essay. Your essay should be a well-thought-out and rational article. Your essay, which should be a few paragraphs long, should address all of the following:
1. A point of view–what is your answer to the question of how much physical activity is enough? This might, probably should, be a detailed answer that gets into the types of activity and how they fit into the rest of our lives.
2. What is the evidence that supports your point of view? Use at least two of the references above, and one additional outside reference. Give your references as URL’s that are embedded in your essay.
3. How do you believe we should promote your point of view, or convince people to do what you recommend?
4. I recommend writing your essay in a Word document, and then copy it into the Comment box below so that you don’t lose your work and you keep a copy for yourself. Be sure to put a title at the top of your response, and your name in the “by” line.
Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the class, and the whole world, to read.
This is worth 5 points extra credit towards your final lecture grade.