At Shapely Prose, Kate writes about a recent article asserting that people who are predisposed to being overweight can avoid being overweight by exercising a mere three to four hours a day.
I cannot fucking believe that instead of writing the obvious story — i.e., “people who have this genetic variant would have to do a tremendous, totally unrealistic amount of daily exercise to be thin” — they went with “people who have this genetic variant can be thin if they just work in three to four hours of daily exercise — easy peasy!” Seriously, you guys! It’s not as bad as it sounds! Just break it down to 48 five-minute sessions throughout the day!
The news article is about some new campaigns in California (my very own state) aimed at combating obesity blah blah blah. Here was the part that caught my eye:
One third of the adults interviewed did not exercise moderately or vigorously in the previous seven days.
“That one really surprised me,” said Sue Holtby, senior research scientist at the Public Health Institute… “Our thresholds were pretty low for moderate exercise, but a full one-third of the people we talked to said they didn’t walk anywhere, ride a bike, go swimming … anything. That’s pretty amazing.”
So, this made me wonder. If three to four hours per day is too much, and no exercise at all is too little, where do we all fall? I go to the gym every weekend, at minimum—these days, my workout is one hour of interval training on the elliptical. I also walk about a mile and a half to and from work three days a week. Not a ton of exercise—I would like to exercise more—but I do stick with it. I also occasionally do fun stuff like bike ride or swim.
So how about you? How much do you exercise? What kind of exercise do you do? Do you feel like it’s too much or too little? Does your doctor or an anti-obesity billboard or a partner make you feel guilty about it? Do you love it or hate it? I await your thoughts in the comments!
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