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Is Exercise a Waste of Time?

I have heard people from time-to-time say things like, "Workout, eat healthy, and die anyway." Or they might ask, "Don't you think that working out is a waste of time you could better utilize?" I have thought long and hard about these kind of naysayers. I've drawn my own conclusion that I decided to share.

Last year I exercised for 155.5 hours. This year I anticipate beating that number. So ... Was that time that I could have used for something else? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. You see, by working out (properly) you do things to your body. For instance, I sleep deeper when I'm training and I do not need as much sleep. I might save 30-60 minutes per night in sleep. With sleep alone I've already made that time up that I lost during my workouts. Also, working out (PROPERLY) improves your immune system and makes you less likely to get sick. I probably knocked off a week or two of sick days from my year. That could amount to ~336 hours of being sick and unable to do most things.

Here's the kicker ... Studies have shown that healthy people who eat right and exercise regularly add 7.2 year to their life expectancy. That may not sound like much, but when calculated, it becomes: 62,899 hours!!! That's right folks ... By working out, staying at a healthy weight, and eating healthy you add an average of 62,899 hours to your life!!!

Time to do a few calculations ... If I workout an average of 175 hours per year for 50 years, it will cost me 8,750 hours. Let's see what this gives us, shall we?

8,750 (50 years of workout hours)
-9.125 (50 years of gained sleep)
-16,800 (50 years of gained sick days)
-62,899 (adding 7.2 years to your life)
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80,074 hours added to your life

That is 9.2 years! In actuality, you are adding nearly ten years to your life when you stay fit and healthy!!!

The next time someone asks you if you're wasting your time with exercise, tell them that you are actually adding ten years to your life!!!

In addition there are so many benefits that come from exercise that I probably can't list them all. But, I'm gonna try:

1. Lengthens your lifespan by ten freaking years;
2. Promotes better sleep habits (as I mentioned above);
3. Gives you more productive hours each year;
4. Improves your sex life (believe me);
5. Increases your stamina;
6. Improves your mood (decreases and prevents depression);
7. Boosts HDL's (lowers your cholesterol);
8. Decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases;
9. Helps prevent Type-Two diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome, some forms of cancer, and arthritis;
10. Increases your balance and agility (which can prevent falls and accidents);
11. Boosts your energy levels;
12. Increases your strength;
13. Induces a euphoria and/or natural high (thanks to my friend Laurie for pointing this one out);
14. Makes you look better and healthier, leading to confidence (self-esteem);
15. Reverses stress;
16. Improves learning by increasing growth factor chemicals in the brain;
17. Decreases memory loss.

The list goes on-and-on-and-on ... Do you have a favorite number above? If so, please comment with your favorite benefit and say a little something about it.

There really isn't any reason for us to make a laundry list of great benefits ... Living longer and having great sex should be more than enough to get anyone wanting to do physical activity. The other great effects are merely icing on the cake!

Join me, friends! Let's exercise!!!

Sent with love,
The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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  1. Hey,
    Exercise is no waste of time. I am 45 today. I trained hard for 15 years and stopped…why? Because I thought I had proved my point. I had succeeded where no one thought I could. I was born with CP. I did not walk until I was eight years old. I began bodybuilding at fifteen. At Twenty one I was Mr. “Handicaped” Annapolis…drug free! From 1995 to 1997 I competed Nationally in the National Wheelchair Bodybuilding Championships. Having reached the highest point in the sport and remaining drug free. I thought I was done. I stopped. I had no idea that fifteen years later I would be on the verge of not walking again! The technical term for Cerebral Palsy is spastic paralysis— it is what it sounds like. because of damage to the brain muscles become so hi toned that they are constricted…paralyzed….So I am finding out now that from reduced use and lack of activity that my weaker muscles in my lower back and legs have begun to tighten up….very quickly! Right now, at 45, I walk more like an 80 year old man…My wife, who has MS has suggested crutches. Some have even said: A walker!….so, I am at a low point just now….but! I am convinced that crutches and walkers is Not the answer! Exercise IS….so, despite pain and stiffness…I have begun again…on my own just as before. It will be a long road….but the short road sucks!….wish me luck! Working out Is Not a waste of time at all. It is a time Giver!maybe even a life saver!
    Your friend,
    Arnie

  2. Interesting post – numbers are always a great way to get this point across. But for me exercise, more specifically lifting, was always about transformation. Through consistent effort and determination, you can actually transform yourself. Weak to strong, skinny to muscle-bound, fat to ripped, etc. The funny thing is, unlike so many other things in life, the method is shockingly simple and well-understood (despite the mountain of crap available online re: weight training). It’s simple, but not easy. Can you get yourself to do the very simple, but physically and mentally hard thing that needs doing? If so, you can be transformed – physically and mentally. Then, if you can apply that formula to the rest of your life – if you can get out of your own way – there are pretty much no limits. So, no, I don’t think exercise is a waste of time.

  3. Arnie,

    Thanks for checking in and posting such an amazing comment. I’ve always thought you are incredible. I’m sorry to hear about your recent troubles and hope that fitness helps! Keep me posted.

    -Vaughn

  4. Mad Max,

    You have a fantastic point. The transformation makes it sooo worth it! Thank you for also having thought provoking and cool comments!

    -V

  5. All the above! Everything has improved. I got rid of a back spasm completely now that had plagued me for the past 8 years. Core training is key to all this. And change up your routine all the time. Muscles are smart and they get bored doing the same old exercises; they need different angles. Get a Bosu ball and use it! A Powerball and use it! Do bicep curls and flys on the Powerball. Do lunges balancing on the Bosu. You’d be amazed at what a difference this will make in your life. I get antsy now when I can’t workout because it creates such a great release of endorphins. It makes you want to work out more. But folks, cut out the bread and sugar; it’s the first best step towards better health.

  6. Laurie,

    Thanks so much for chiming-in! You are an inspiration and it’s great to hear your opinion. I know precisely what you mean about the endorphin’s. It truly is a natural high to workout intensely. And, like you say, I find it addicting! I can’t wait for my next workout!!!

    Hugs,
    V

  7. Vaughn, I’m surprised your number wasn’t higher than 155…that’s less than 1/2 hour a day on average. I am at about 65 hours so far this year, and that doesn’t include family hikes, and does include having fairly major surgery and being in injury recovery mode. I really started exercising years ago when I was traveling full time for work, and started to gain weight. Exercise reversed that. Then it was for health reasons — exercise has helped tremendously with some chronic health issues (blood pressure, type 1.5 diabetes, asthma). Most recently, it’s also a social outlet. Although I do train solo at home quite a bit, my favorite part is getting out with friends. The value of that can’t be overstated. And I think creates a virtuous cycle.

    Happy training!!! Know that I’m at it every day, just like you 🙂

  8. Hi Andrea!

    I agree my number is low … I often take a week or two off to recoup from time-to-time. And, often after one of my races I take two+ weeks off. Also, my plantar fascitis was an issue last year. This year I anticipate being around 200 hours. Remember that my lifting day(s) are short hours. I do fewer cardio days then you.

    I’m happy to get the 155 in. My buddy, Barry (that I’ve told you about) did 35 centuries last year and rode for more than 12,500 miles!!! On a replaced knee and with severe hemophilia. He is a monster!

    Get better so we can hang and ride!

    Cheers,
    Vaughn

  9. Thanks Vaughn!


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