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.
I know that it is trite to tout exercise, but it is worth mentioning that we keep learning more about its health benefits. I recently attended a talk on breast cancer in which daily exercise compared favorably with several widely-used chemotherapy protocols.
Humans were not designed to sit on their butts all day watching TV or reading ephemeral stuff on the Internets.
Agreed. She's wrong about that. God gave us fingers to move mice, eyes perfectly designed to read monitors - and made us exactly the right height, while seated, to comfortably operate these machines. Proof of intelligent design.
Too much exercise is bad as well. When I was a small boy I used to look at the retired farmers hobbling around town with hands so gnarled they couldn't shuffle cards. I wondered how they could let themselves get into such bad shape. Then I grew up and found out. You hurt yourself with strenuous physical activity, but there is no one to take your place. You have to keep working. Nagging injuries become chronic conditions. You want another example? Football players. Look at all the exercise they get. Far better if you can spend your life sitting on your butt. Your parts are more likely to work in your old age.
Down in da bog we sits 'round most time do'in Ms DaiseyPossumtater for gett'n my exsizin'n. I done try out da Times Picyune cross word but my yellow ran out afore my brown done.
Din we watch dat thang eat dat outha thang.
And dat waht we know
feeblemind is correct. You go into any emergency room, it's filled with people who have been exercising. Exercise is only good for you if nothing goes wrong.
Assistant Village Idiot
Exercise is better than @#$ until your knees get trashed, and then you become just another brokendown former addict...
As to the "it fixes everything." it just ain't so. You can still walk a minimum of three miles a day, work out etc. but no longer thin, beloved, peppy, or happy. In fact although I agree that exercise works as well on some people as antidepressants, I know that when you are in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, you not only don't want to exercise, you can't. And even when you improve enough to be able to force yourself to exercise, it can't cure depression, improve your sex life, keep you thin, or those other things. It's just one of many things you do in the attempt to be healthy. But it can't compensate for rotten biology or poor environment or truly cussed neurons.
So, yeah, exercise every day but also do these other things:
spend time with people who make you laugh
get a dog who thinks you're God
So's not to get zapped for hubris, pray
go to church and volunteer
give away money to the poor
read and study
work hard at your job even if you hate it
support your kids
fake kindness and friendliness when your heart is broken
learn to cook well
take care of kids, they will improve your perspective and outlook
keep your promises no matter what it costs you
remember that adaptive in nature means your genes survive, so consider your life a success if you help your kids to have a better one than you have.
read Maggie's Farm for diversion from morbid brooding
thank God for the friends who send goofy emails and sentimental prayers for soldiers, sick kids and cute animal pictures.
you know, you're right -- all this time i've been think we're SO lucky that chairs, doors, ceilings, tables, desks, computers, etc are human sized -- but now i realize it's not luck at all, we were designed to fit them!