"The hours spent HASHING * are not
subtracted from a
man's allotted time."
* auto hashing excluded
Regular exercise extends life, and the effect is so powerful that
even people who wait until they are middle-aged to begin exercising
gain extra days on earth. Overall, starting exercise in one's middle
years lowers the risk of death by 23 per cent over the next two
decades or so.
Ralph Paffenbarger, M.D., one of principal investigators in the
Harvard Alumni Study, summarizes the benefits of exercise with a neat
formula: For each hour that a person exercises, he/she gets roughly
two extra hours of life! Paffenbarger's proposition is true only for
reasonable amounts of exercise, though (probably for up to 30 weekly
miles of running). Otherwise, immortality could be 'purchased' simply
by exercising for slightly more than 12 hours each day, which would
'buy back' the lost 24-hour period.
Exercise also tends to lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of
heart attack and stroke, and trims the chances of becoming obese or
developing non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Regular physical
activity has also been linked with lower rates of certain kinds of
cancer. In general, exercise extends longevity by diminishing the risk
of a variety of different ailments.
The type of exercise you choose matters when it comes to
longevity. Recent research from Finland indicates that individuals who
engage in endurance activities (running, cycling, swimming, cross
country skiing, walking) live about six years longer than couch
potatoes. In contrast, those who prefer team sports like basketball,
ice hockey, or soccer live just four years more. And sports-active
people who prefer 'power-type' activities, including weight lifting,
field events, and sprinting, last for only two additional years.
A few paragraphs from Peak
This expression was derived from a wood plaque given to
me by one of my sailing friends, many years ago:
After reading the above article, it occurred to me that it might
actually be true! Not necessarily if the wind is light, but if it is
really blowing, you do get a lot of exercise! Of course, it would
apply to hashing, as well!
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