Sunday, June 28, 2009

Money for nothing! Chicks for free?

The NYT reports that it now may be possible to get high levels of physical conditioning and endurance in a small fraction of the time previously thought. In lab rat and student studies, brief-high intensity exercise (with proper warmup, cooldown and rest) produced health benefits comparable to more extended efforts.

If this can be translated into a usable training regime, it promises the end to the mantra “no pain, no gain” for most fitness goals. I can’t wait to apply this to my irregular semi-weekly swimming workouts.

Since time is money, this scientific breakthrough promises to provide “money for nothing” for stressed-out professionals who don’t want to die of a massive cardiac arrest. The only disadvantage is that for individuals whose self-image (or social desirability) is directly tied to their muscle tone, such fitness will become less unusual and thus less differentiating.

This leaves a pressing question unanswered: once we can get money for nothing, how soon until we get chicks for free? I realize that Mark Knopfler no longer has to worry about this issue, but it would be of considerable interest for about half of the population. If cable weren’t so darned expensive, I’d add that I want my MTV.

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