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The Paradox of Exercising for Longevity

Glenn Dayton · August 1, 2017

Lately I’ve spend on average over 3 hours per day … just exercising. This includes getting dressed, taking a shower, driving to and from the gym twice a day, and the actual exercise.

3 hours per day for 60 years is roughly 7 straight years of sweating, panting, showering, and feeling awful. However, on the flip side not being obese can extend life up to 7.2 years (PLoS Medicine). They seemingly cancel each other out. Exercise extends life, however the very act of exercise consumes the time that your life is extended by.

Is it really worth exercising?

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