Re: i do not understand: exercise

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 21:48:20 MST

There are definite advantages to high heartrate aerobic exercise, say 5
times a week for 45 minutes or so. Keep ya from having one of those dreaded
heart attacks :-) As for going for the muscle-bound superman look I am not
so sure of any benefits from that unless you are a leader of some organization
and have to look good in public. I fear that all the extra calories burned
to keep that muscle mass happy may actually reduce your lifespan slightly.

Andy Toth wrote:
> if there is an optimum amount of muscle use, food-energy conversion,
> neural activity for an individual (based on the individual's current
> genetic structure and averaged environment). and that this activity is
> regulated and "matched" via homeostasis (and other support mechanism)
> via the average environment, what is the purpose of exercise? is it
> an overextension? a bank/buffer? a counteraction? what would be the
> advantage of producing an individual with excessive muscle (or quality
> 1001), where, the individual does not require muscle in the normal
> environment. is energy being wasted through investment and
> maintenance? (perhaps i am modeling this after cerebral ectomorphs).
> Andy Toth

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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