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Exercise is Evil

It’s time to get the concept that you need to exercise out of your life. What you need to do instead is embrace your animal nature and include activity in your life at all times. Living in a zoo like we humans now do means we have to change our approach to being active. Read More


Is it just me, or is there no article, no explanation, to back up the idea that exercise is evil here? Was this meant to happen?

Me too. There's no actual

Me too. There's no actual article for me either.

Are you joking?

Hi Anonymous
Are you joking or did you find the article offensive in some way?
The article was full of symbolism and delicate allusions, a Koanic exercise supreme, and it is clear that Dr Zehr is sehr subtil und erstaunlich tiefgreifende - very subtle and amazingly profound.
Suggest you reread the post and see what you come up with.

Err... Anonymous is not being

Err... Anonymous is not being offensive. I can't see the article either. All I see is the title and the tagline "It’s time to get the concept that you need to exercise out of your life" and then.... nothing... No article... Nothing to read.... Just the link at the bottom of the screen to post a comment. It seems like a technical problem.

Just realised you were the

Just realised you were the one joking. Ha, ha! Most amusing. Too bad it takes me a while to catch on.

Now please fix the article Psychology Today.

Try re-reading the English

It's really tiresome that none of you complainers has bothered to read Dr Zehr's words properly.

He wrote: "It’s time to get the concept that you need to exercise out of your life" and you probably all understood him to mean that you have to remove from your life, the concept that you need to exercise.

He is a professor of neuroscience and therefore uses English more subtly in order to take advantage of differing neural circuits available depending upon the different possible triggers which catalyse nascent understanding.

To me, it is clear that Dr Zehr did NOT mean that you have to remove from your life, the concept that you need to exercise. What he in fact meant was that everyone needs to get the concept that it is important to get exercise out of your life - the exact opposite meaning that most people get.

Try reading his exact words with this meaning in mind.

As a kinesiologist, he clearly intended to gently invite readers to become familiar with this, alternative meaning, in which case, once exercise is out of their lives, there is nothing further to be said. This then explains the exquisite subtlety of his post, a subtlety which was lost on most people.

Quod Erat Demonstra ... (Something like that)

And a Merry Christmas to all of you, including Dr Zehr!

Technicial issues with blog post "Exercise is Evil"

Unfortunately something bizarre happened to my post when I uploaded it on Dec 23. I did not realize this until reading some of the comments today. I wish I were as pithy or subtle as some of you have suggested! The actual post is now "live". I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2014!


Christopher Buckley wrote "Thank You for Smoking".

I enjoy this article and

I enjoy this article and agree with it wholeheartedly, but I would appreciate some practical advise in how to do that in a life that requires at minimum:
8 hours of sitting at a desk,
2 hours more sitting in a car (or more, depending on the errands)
8 hours of sleeping
1-2 hours eating (unless we are to walk while we eat).
1 hour of chores... which might be physical depending on wether you're cleaning vs paying bills or updating your budget.

When you only have a few hours a day, how exactly can one incorporate movement more in one's life aside from exercise or sport?

Do your math

You have only spoken for 21 hours of your day. That still leaves 3 hours you could be exercising! Why are you spending 1-2 hours EATING by the way? That is a lot of time to be shoveling in calories.

loved the article

Wish I saw more articles like this out in the MSM. The truth is we are biologically still hunter-gatherer's yet culture has changed dramatically, and even more so in the last 50 years in countries like the US.

SO many health problems, including mild forms of mental health issues can be linked to hideous diets made from things mostly found only in labs and the utter lack of physical activity of any sort. For a large portion of the public, walking to their cars sums up a good portion of physical activity.

The unintended consequences of technology and a culture that helps people have 'comfort'. So we moved from walking to the TV's to turn the channels, to remote controls, to Xbox one voice controls (god forbid we have to push buttons). Human animals aren't going to be healthy by creating a culture that resembles a Zoo, sitting staring at things. No wonder in the modern world we see declines both congnitively and biologically.

But how does Culture change (both in terms of food/activity)? It seems like its a race to the bottom toward sedentary lives and filling life with voyeurism--where people watch other people date, do things (reality tv) as they eat high fructose corn syrup laden "food". Sadly, given the hedonistic imperative, it seems like we just continue to move toward a "Wall-E-Esque" country. This has serious ramifications, such as no health care system that can ever be affordable--given self-imposed health disasters in massive numbers. Oh well, at least the Zoo animals are well fed, and staring at the flashing lights is awful fun.


I don't understand the knock against cities. Major cities are pretty much the only place in the US where we can, in fact, "ditch our cars" and walk everywhere (with help from public transit). Not every city, of course, but NYC, Boston, SF...

(And, sure, many of us walk to sedentary jobs, but I know from experience that the same thing happens in suburban office parks, so I don't quite see the connection.)

cities in North America, I should say

... not just the US. I see that you're based in Canada, but I didn't go back and edit appropriately. (Is it different in Canada? Maybe it is!)

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E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D., is professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria and author of "Becoming Batman" and "Inventing Iron Man."


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