EXERCISE is the ultimate elixir with Peter Attia, M.D.
- Peter Attia, M.D., emphasizes that exercise isn’t just good for you, it’s the “ultimate elixir” for longevity. The benefits of having a high cardiorespiratory fitness, high muscle mass, and strength outstrip the risks of conditions like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Attia suggests that even with limited time, say 30 minutes a day, you can still see substantial benefits. A mix of cardio and strength training throughout the week will do the trick. A 50-50 split between the two is ideal.
- When it comes to cardio, zone two is your friend. Think of it as a level where you’re slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation—almost like you’re walking on a tightrope between comfort and exertion.
- Attia identifies “known unknowns” in the field, such as lacking precise biomarkers to measure the effectiveness of exercise. While we know exercise is beneficial, the nitty-gritty of how it brings about those benefits is still a gray area.
- Grip strength is highlighted as a simple but effective metric for overall health and longevity. It indicates more than just hand strength; it reveals something about your overall physical robustness. To improve it, carry heavy things—simple as that.
So, there you have it—a treasure trove of wisdom with a dash of common sense, pointing us all towards a healthier, longer life. Exercise, it seems, is the elixir we’ve all been searching for.