In a surprising article about strenuous exercise in later life, the Wall Street Journal reports that older endurance athletes may be doing more harm than good when they participate in certain endurance activities. We already know, through reporting done by Gary Taubes of the New York Times in his thought-provoking book “Why We Get Fat” that eating is the most important component to maintaining a healthy weight. More specifically, eating a low-carbohydrate diet is invaluable to obtaining the proper weight.
Now, I don’t think that the position of the article is that exercise is bad. Just the contrary, there are many healthy benefits to be healthy, inconsistent, exercise regimen. I think the larger story is that of extremes. Perhaps it really is better to have moderation in all things (even exercise).
Here’s a lecture that Gary Taubes gave last year on the subject: