I’m a minimalist when it comes to exercise. A really small, really intense dose is all that is needed for the vast majority of people to manifest all of the health benefits that exercise can provide. This does not mean that you can then get away with bed rest in the face of this concentrated dose of exercise, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying that if a person is living a fairly “normal” life with a decent amount of non-exercise physical activity built into their day, not a lot of “exercise” is needed above that to maximize health markers.
My friends Melissa and Dallas Hartwig are found of saying, “Food should make you healthier.” I don’t think I’m the first to say this but it seems so obvious: Exercise should make you healthier! Even though water is vital for life, too much of it will causes hyponatremia, which is a way of illustrating that too much of anything is a bad idea. As far as exercise goes, the diagnostic component of how much exercise any one person needs, and how they will respond, has been a Soviet pipe dream.
But it is coming.
This lecture outlines the failings of public health exercise recommendations in light of the scientific evidence and shows that there is currently have a highly accurate genetic test to determine if you will experience VO2max improvements from training. I find it all fascinating and hope you do too.