Professor Sondra Doolin
ENG 121 C17
13 April 2014
The article Fitness For Survival by Dave Munger talks about three different fitness activities; specifically, in regards to which activities are best and how often you should do them. Although Munger lead off with a brief narration about his long distance running experience, the meat of the article was spent deciphering which exercise was best: long distance running, interval running, or weight lifting. All three had benefits, and it turns out that no particular one is the best. For example, interval trainers developed a stronger capability to use oxygen while exercising, steady runners improved their cholesterol, and strength trainers enhanced muscle mass. (Munger 1). However, for the best body and health results, it was recommended to use all three in variation. After that, the article tackled how much and how often to exercise, and ways to easily incorporate fitness into everyday lifestyles.
The thesis is as follows: A variety of activities done frequently is the most beneficial and efficient way to exercise. Munger supported his thesis partially by using personal examples from his own long-distance running group. He also relied upon experts such as physician Bill Yates, and studies done by research groups. For example, to back his argument that we should do a variety of activities, Munger quoted Yates saying “As Yates points out, the ideal fitness regimen probably involves all three activities—and possibly others as well!” (1). Munger used a down-to-earth writing style to communicate easily with his intended audience; the average American adult. He wrote on a level that was easy for any one with a basic education to read, but still supported his points knowledgeably and sufficiently. The thesis was communicated clearly, supported, and illustrated through quotes and
It is important in our modern society to be aware of health and fitness. This article showed the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle. It also delved further into the types of exercises and their benefits, as well as the frequency they should be performed in. As all exercises have their own benefits, it is best to perform a variety to gain maximum results. This also helps prevent boredom by avoiding repetition, which can lead to less productive work outs.
In regards to how often we should exercise, Munger concluded that “There shouldn’t be a recommended number of minutes, Freedhoff, an obesity expert, says; instead we should use any method we can to get as much exercise in as possible.” (1). This makes exercise seem more obtainable with a busy schedule, as it is easier to fit in smaller and more frequent activities almost daily, than to set aside a large chunk of time every few days.
The author made an interesting point in this article, mentioning that people in our modern world aren’t necessarily lazy, they are just are not living the tough and active lifestyle that was required by our ancestors one hundred years ago. Now everything is made to be easily accessible at our finger tips (Munger 1). It is important for us to make time for our fitness now, as it is relatively avoidable in most American adult lives.
Munger recommended music and companionship for exercise motivation. (Munger 1). Having a companion for workout consistency is a wonderful method, as one is required to stay faithful to the activity for the sake of another. Music was also recommended, with musical style for motivation varying person to person. Exercising outside whenever possible can improve fitness levels as well, as it provides variation from standard gym machines and alleviates boredom by changing scenery.
Over all, this article was soundly backed with expert advice and personal experience. The author was sound in his claim that pristine physical condition requires high variation and frequency of exercises. People need to incorporate more exercises and avoid sticking to one activity. It would also be
most efficient to perform smaller, more frequent workouts, as opposed to tackling long chunks every
few days. Find the best work out motivator, and stick to it. It is harder in this day and age to maintain an active lifestyle, but it is not impossible.
Munger, Dave. “Fitness For Survival.” Seed Magazine. 6 Oct. 2010. Web. 2 Apr. 2014. <http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/fitness_for_survival/>