I noticed the other day how sad the story is for those stuck in the conventional wisdom of fitness training. And its most obvious and sad to watch someone on a treadmill.
First there’s the obvious – running to go nowhere. Probably while you stare at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how much further you need to run so that you can look better.
Second, we’re using energy (that could be put to better use elsewhere) to keep you in one spot. Coal gets burned down in the Latrobe Valley so we can spin a belt to let the runner run in the most contrived fashion possible – not running from anything, not running to anywhere and no forward motion.
Third, all that treadmill running, contrary to what you’re thinking, is making you fatter, weaker and sick.
Here’s an excerpt from the book ‘Lights Out: Sleep Sugar and Survival’:
All the medicine ever suggests you do is live on sugar and run like hell to burn it off. Of course, burning off all of the carbohydrates you’ve taken as a result of sleep loss by hysterical exercising does seem to reverse the process physiologically. As your weight goes down, so does insulin production, because you produce insulin in a relationship of grams to body weight.
When insulin goes down, your insulin receptors go back up; then blood sugar also falls because your muscles soak it up as you exercise through the now functioning insulin receptors. This is the way exercise lowers blood sugar. When your insulin is lower, you can’t make as much cholesterol and that number goes down, too. Then the doctor declares you cured. But you’re not cured.
Now you just have a new disease – because it never occurred to them that you don’t have to work off what you don’t take in the first place. In reality, running, jumping, or StairMastering is, to your body – a “fear response” that throws your cortisol into the stratosphere while you see God (read: runner’s high). High cortisol is a blood sugar mobiliser, so it throws your blood sugar up again; when your blood sugar goes up, insulin follows. That means the continuous rebounding of excessive exercise alone can make you insulin resistant over time.
- Running, jumping, climbing, etc. = being chased
- Chase = stress response
- Stress = Cortisol release = blood-sugar mobilisation
- Blood sugar up = insulin up = insulin resistance = fat storage and hypertension
The sadness in running on the treadmill (and other such vain fitness pursuits) is that you’re pretty much achieving the very OPPOSITE of all the goals you’re striving for.
Running and not going anywhere.
Running from the food and drink that can’t be outrun.
Running yourself into an early grave.