I’m always looking for audio to keep my brain (heavily) distracted during my workout, and today I found a good one. Glenn Gaesser recently gave a mythbusting talk at UVa on (among other things) the impact of exercise on weight (hint: what impact?).
UVa was good enough to record it for their University podcast. (Here’s a direct link to the MP3.)
I found it entertaining. But I’m a complete nerd, so I would. I’ll say this – if you’re exercising for your health, it will inspire you. If the only reason you’re exercising is to lose weight…either find a real reason, or don’t listen to the talk. And stop reading right about now.
Because, as a for instance, you might not want to hear that:
- On average the weight difference between the very most active people and the very most sedentary people is about 4 to 5 lbs.
- It would take a quarter of a million ab crunches to burn 1 lb of fat.
My favorite moment came at the end when apparently a questioner worried about not being able to lose weight (I say apparently, because the audience wasn’t mic’d). Gaesser responded:
“Just get over it. It’s not important. It’s far more important what you contribute to society and your family and so forth and whether you weigh a certain weight is just so ridiculously insiginificant.”
Probably the single most sensible statement ever about fat.
Also, if you missed it, Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell have been debating all week in the Los Angeles Times. Go read. The down side is my exercise bike is now a total loss.