We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Slate" is an old highly woke online magazine. Easy to dismiss. However, they have begun a series on fitness and health that might be good, or at least rational: Fitness goals for 2023.
For example, they make the point that exercise is, generally, useless for weight loss. Weight is nutritional - period. There surely are genetic effects on body architecture and maybe even on satiety-signalling.
Is exercise useful for cognitive functioning? Dubious.
Also, the point that the current thing about "lots of fruits and vegetables" is nonsense. Food is not medicine. Nothing wrong about those things though as long as you do not think of them as magic.
Fitness goals, I agree, are primarily about feeling good, maintaining functionality and vitality, and looking good for as long as possible. Those make life better. 6+ hours/week is good.
I stand by the Maggie's Fitness for Life program: Weights, calisthenics, and cardio. With a little luck, it might slow your fate in a wheelchair.
Is exercise useless for weight loss? If you believe that than you are doing the wrong exercise. I assume that 90% of people today consider "exercise" as going to the gym and doing a class, lifting weights are working on one of the machines for 50 minutes more or less. Now consider hiking 15 miles a day for a week or a month. No comparison. I can guarantee that if you are overweight even grossly overweight that if you spend your entire summer hiking that by the end of that time your weight will be in the normal range. Average 15 miles a day and can only eat what you carry (replenish your carried food about each 7 days) and you will lose weight. Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles long, and when you have completed it you will be at your best weight for your height and age. Simple as that.
I have exercised all my life beginning before I was a teen until today at age 80. I have played sports, lifted weights, jogged, hiked, etc. During that entire time I chose what my weight would be and maintained it. Ten years ago I chose to go from 230 lbs to 200 simply because I was no longer lifting heavy weight and maintaining muscle mass. I did this entirely by simply reducing meal size for a couple of months. However, when I was hiking a lot I struggled to maintain that weight and muscle mass. I would creep down from 230 lbs to 215 and still eating 4000 calories a day.
So you have to make a decision on weight and then take the steps to support that decision. Diet (whatever diet works for you) will do it but exercise helps. I weigh every morning and I use that to help me decide what to eat that day. I don't pay too much attention to a small gain or loss but rather to a trend. As long as I'm below 200, no worries. If I go above 200 I eat less and if the next day doesn't see me back below 200 I go into a reduced food consumption. I eat whatever I want to eat but if my goal is to lose a pound or more I simply eat less of it.
Democrats trying to establish the new normal where healthcare is abortion, transgender operations, psychiatric medication (get your medical marijuana today) plus mandatory vax and boosters. Everything else is dangerous alt-right misinformation.
Slate knows what their readers want, and committing to new life-long habits that may be hard and inconvenient at times is certainly not part of it.
Health is a construct of the white male patriarchy and only fat shamers want a realistic body mass index. (honk!)
400lbs. overweight with a handicart at the 24-7 chocolate fountain buffet is the American dream so get your hecho en China flags out for the "morans" who aren't onboard.
Medical cannabis cures everything, including bad movies and music, just don't harsh my mellow with three layers of taxation at the dispensary/provisioning, dude.
Grow your own with nothing added? But I only obey because I am virtuous. (honk!)
John Fetterman/Izzo 2024. Yes we can!
Diet and exercise are truly fascinating areas of study. My current view on diet is to eat the most nutrient-dense food. If you believe in the keto diet then eat the keto food that has the most nutrition. If you are a plant-based person eat the most nutritious plant. I also like to look into the diet of the countries that have the population that lives longest. Right now I'm looking into what the Japanese eat and also Iceland. Both seem to eat a lot of fish.
As far as exercise goes, I think the high intensity interval training group interests me the most. For me, the main thing is not getting hurt. Not getting hurt and developing the habit is my exercise goal. I bounce every morning for 15 minutes while giving myself positive thoughts and visualization and walked twice a day. There is a lot of room for improvement. I bought some exercise bands and attach them to the bathroom door. The plan was to use it every time I went to the bathroom but at my age, I could wear the door out.
Better yet, I'll take the location of a lotta luck.
My big January 1 change was to switch from IPA's to Guinness...I'm feeling healthier already...and this year was my best yet for defeating the dry January nonsense...10AM on Sunday...Happy New Year all!