Yeah, I know how this goes:
I try to gauge by “Am I getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week” though now there’s a new study saying you really SHOULD be RUNNING and that for FOUR HOURS A WEEK. Yeah, no. Given what’s going on geopolitically I’m not going to exercise more than what I need to feel good right now — I’m not going to give up even more of my free time if there’s a chance we all wind up as a glowing cloud of radioactive particles in the coming year or two. Also running gives me shin splints.
Compare with these:
I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.
(Neil Armstrong. Yes, that Neil Armstrong.)
“Exercise is wonderful,” said Louis [Wu]. “I could sit and watch it all day.”
(Larry Niven, in Ringworld.)
If I feel sure of one thing, it is that this kind of “health” imperative is not moral. It is grooming.
(Mark Greif, Against Everything: Essays.)