In the News (Op-Ed): “It is believed that getting up early in the morning, an intense work schedule, and active sports lead to success, healthy living, and longevity. However, Peter Axt and Michaela Axt-Gadermann, authors of The Lazy Live Longer, referring to recent research scientists explain that it is a delusion. … A morning run to prevent a heart attack is likely to lead to a heart attack, and torturing oneself in a health club in the best case will not bring benefit. And in the worst case, cause harm. But being lazy and sleeping for a long time is healthy. …
Daily ‘exercises’ like gardening, walking the dog, washing the windows of the house or climbing stairs are sufficient for maintaining health and vigor.
“If we stick to the theory of life energy, physical activity only wastes precious energy reserves. Sports cannot be a guarantee of health and longevity.
‘All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison,’ Paracelsus claimed. This is true for sports training. In modern literature, sport again and again referred to as a protection against cancer. However, this view is probably valid only for moderate physical activity. Intensive athletic exercises in this respect do not carry any health effect. They may even increase the risk of cancer. …
“According to numerous studies, a certain dose of locomotor activity protects against diseases of the cardiovascular system and is good for health. This athletic exercises are not necessary. It is enough to do the same activities that we do every day: walking the dog, going shopping, climbing stairs or mowing the lawn. Try to move regularly; the program consists of half an hour of energetic walking three or four times a week and stretching your muscles for 10-15 minutes three times a week. More than this is unnecessary. From the point of view of metabolic theory, this program is the optimal basis for a long and successful life.”
My Comment: By the way, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person doesn’t need to be involved with special exercises to develop the body. Regular activity is sufficient for maintaining the fitness of the body. And further, it is said, “Sitting increases knowledge.”