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Any exercise is a lot better than none

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Dr. Spencer Nadolsky on Threads:

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but exercising once a week is better than exercising zero times a week. Seems silly, but many just think it’s pointless if they can’t exercise 3 or more times a week.

🎯 Simple but extremely important! In the same spirit, but more specifically: building strength (resistance training, lifting heavy things) is not only ridiculously beneficial, but also amazingly efficient. You can get most of those benefits with surprisingly little effort.

I’ve written a bunch about that over the years. See Strength Training Frequency: Less is more than enough: go to the gym less frequently but still gain strength fast enough for anyone but a bodybuilder.

And of course a nice walk also works surprisingly well, so do that if it suits you, do anything that suits you. Just don’t do nothing! But sooner or later “anything” should probably include at least a little strength training; there’s no better defence against poor health and chronic pain long term.

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