Another Spectrum

Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

Activity – not exercise


I’ve never been one to exercise, and instead prefer regular moderate activity throughout the day. It seems that I might be on the right track. A recent study has shown that strenuous joggers had the same mortality rate as sedentary people who did nothing. And of course these people suffer a higher rate of exercise related injuries.

I appreciate some people get a buzz from strenuous activity, and that’s fine, but if the only reason for doing it is to promote a long and healthy life, there are other alternatives that may be even more beneficial: It turns out exercise isn’t that good for you after all.

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

2 thoughts on “Activity – not exercise

  1. I don’t jog. I do hike, a lot. I try to reach a certain amount of steps. If anyone sees me running though, they need to fall in because one of two things, something or one is chasing me, or something is about to blow up. I think though your point is correct. To stay healthy, just stay mobile.

  2. Can I respectfully disagree? There are countless benefits to exercise that have nothing to do with longevity. Over the past year, I’ve watched my father, 90 and a regular racquet sports player, degenerate because of Covid. Cardiovascularly, his health is fine, but he’s lost an unbelievable amount of mobility over the year due to muscle loss from backing off his rigorous exercise routine. Lump on top of that the mental health benefits of exercise, the pleasure of weighing an appropriate amount for your height, strong muscles that allow you to garden, play with grandchildren, etc, regular exercise is clearly worth it.

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