Exercise is overrated.
I’ll be the first person to tell you exercise is the most powerful drug out there, better than any pharmaceutical and more potent than all the over the counter medications combined. Even the Hubby, a budding young pharmacist, would agree with me on this one. If not, it’s gonna make the next few days around here prrrreeeeeetty awkward. It’s a proven fact. Men who agree with their wives have a longer survival rate. They get laid more often too. Food for thought.
Simply put, exercise is the bomb.com, the bees knees, and cat’s pajamas all rolled into one. Although to be clear, I would never put my felines in clothing. I value my life too much, and I’ve seen what they can do to chipmunks. They’re ruthless.
Back to my point, exercise is amazing, and I think everybody should do it; regularly too.
So why in the world would I say, “Exercise is overrated.”?
The real reason: mostly for show. I’m not above eye-catching and thought provoking titles to garner a little attention. To be honest, I’m not above much of anything, except the Hubby on a Saturday night; Wednesday too if he’s lucky.
Things tend to get a little dicey though when you talk about the quality and the quantity of exercise.
Most medical professionals will tell you moderate intensity, for thirty minutes a day, five times a week, is ideal. We’ve already established I don’t mate that often, although it certainly would qualify as moderate to high activity. Thirty minutes, not so much.
Here’s the thing. A walk where you raise your heart rate is great, a nice jog is another way to get moving; fitness classes, yoga, hiking, biking, and yes, even yard work, are all fantastic forms of exercise. Me personally, I would even toss cleaning into the mix. There’s a lot of bending and scrubbing that goes on there, and I’m always shedding layers as I go. Cleaning is damn hard work.
My point is you don’t need to work out six or seven days a week at high intensity to be healthy. You don’t need to exercise for hours on end to be healthy.
You don’t need to be all gangbusters in the gym and balls to the wall crazy to be healthy. While I can certainly see the appeal here (hello, vanilla gorilla), it’s not necessary for optimum health.
You don’t need to be able to complete a Tough Mudder to be healthy.
You don’t need to run marathons to be healthy.
You don’t need to spin seven days a week to be healthy.
You don’t need to complete Iron Mans to be healthy.
In fact, that level of intensity, all the time, is the opposite of healthy. It’s going overboard, and asking for a case of adrenal fatigue. Your body needs to rest and recover.
Clearly there are exceptions for professional athletes or someone training for an upcoming event. That’s a different beast altogether, and I’m not trying to take away anyone’s accomplishments or steal your thunder. I think running 26.2 miles is an amazing feat, and I applaud you. I wouldn’t do it every day though.
One final note, when it comes to this topic, I do actually practice what I preach. I work out on average three to five times a week. I love spinning, yoga, BarreTone and will happily toss in some Body Pump and a weekend jog if time allows. On the days I do exercise, I only do one of those activities, not some combination thereof. And on the days I don’t work out at all…well, I don’t sweat those; literally.
What level and amount of exercise do you consider to be healthy? How often do you workout? Do you give yourself guilt free rest days?