DailyDirt: You Know The First Guy To Run A Marathon Died Immediately After, Right?

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Everything in moderation... including exercise. Exercise is undoubtedly good for you if you compare it to a sedentary lifestyle, but running marathons every day isn't going to do you any favors. But where is the optimal sweet spot for exercise? It's not the same for everyone, but it looks like most Americans aren't doing enough. Fortunately, the right amount probably isn't as much as you'd think. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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  • identicon
    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 4 Apr 2016 @ 5:26pm

    People Have Been Running Marathons—And Ultramarathons—Long Before The Greeks

    Case in point. It seems the human species is built for long-distance running. Very few other species could keep up with us.

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    OldGeezer (profile), 4 Apr 2016 @ 6:47pm

    Malware

    That second link has the phony message to update flash player to see a video. I went to the Adobe site and installed the latest version and still got that message. A friend of mine borrowed my laptop and clicked on a link like that and installed ransomware. I had just made a clone the day before so I just swapped out the disk. This may be that bad but you should NEVER click to update anything except from the official site. the link for this is:

    https://archive.is/o/zmHVC/www.adobe.com/go/getflash/
    08 30a-04 15p

    The link to update flash is:

    https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

    Unfortunately some legitimate sites are careless about what ads the use.

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Apr 2016 @ 7:08am

    The first guy to run the 'Marathon' had also just fought a pitched battle,

    in full armor.

    You do that, and then run the marathon in full armor.

    Good luck!

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    Paul Renault (profile), 5 Apr 2016 @ 9:29am

    You get out what you put in, apparently.

    Years ago, I remember reading a study that found that, if you performed life-extending exercise regularly, your lifespan would be extended by roughly the amount of time you spent exercising. The authors reported the findings are somewhat disheartening.

    So if you do exercise, so something you'll enjoy doing.

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Apr 2016 @ 10:18am

      Re: You get out what you put in, apparently.

      There are many benefits to exercise other than living longer.

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        John Fenderson (profile), 5 Apr 2016 @ 6:23pm

        Re: Re: You get out what you put in, apparently.

        Not for everybody. Some people really hate exercising, and doing it makes them actively unhappy. Some people find that after they have maintained an exercise regime long enough, it causes them to feel physically worse.

        Different people need different things to maintain a healthy body and life. Exercise as a specific activity is a great thing for most people, but there are those for whom it's the exact opposite.

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      Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 5 Apr 2016 @ 1:50pm

      Re: your lifespan would be extended by roughly the amount of time you spent exercising

      So, no actual net gain, then?

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), 5 Apr 2016 @ 11:02am

    Exercising

    I find the quality of the exercise is at least as important as the quantity.
    Walking slowly, exercising with very light weights - I don't really see much benefit. Walking faster (like, trying to keep up with my oldest daughter), working out with weights that challenge me a bit, big benefit.
    I can almost make a chart of length of time versus quality of exercise for maximum benefit (at least, for me) and less time but more challenge (to a point) versus a long time but less challenge - same benefit.
    Be interested in seeing a controlled study about that.

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    crade (profile), 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:29pm

    Your headlines dont really seem to match the links they point to. especially the first one, which seems to claim overly strenous exercise doesn't help much, but neither does it increase any risks:

    "The studies also found that prolonged or intense exercise is unlikely to be harmful and could add years to people’s lives."

    "At that point, the benefits plateaued, the researchers found, but they never significantly declined. Those few individuals engaging in 10 times or more the recommended exercise dose gained about the same reduction in mortality risk as people who simply met the guidelines. They did not gain significantly more health bang for all of those additional hours spent sweating. But they also did not increase their risk of dying young."

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2016 @ 12:58pm

    You had me at the headline.... And then tell nothing about the first marathon... Maybe he got eaten by lions...or???

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      Michael Ho (profile), 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:38pm

      Re:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheidippides

      "Pheidippides is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. ...

      He ... ran the 40 km (25 mi) from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) with the word νικῶμεν (nikomen[9] "We have won"), as stated by Lucian chairete, nikomen ("hail, we are the winners")[10] to then collapse and die."

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