2. Daniel Lieberman
We have also medicalized exercise. By this I mean we pathologize a lack of physical activity, and we prescribe particular doses and types of exercise to help prevent and treat disease. The U.S. government recommends I engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week and weight train at least twice a week. Epidemiologists have calculated that this level of activity will reduce my risk of dying prematurely by 50 percent and lower my chances of getting heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers by roughly 30 to 50 percent.32 Insurance companies offer me incentives to exercise, and entire professions have sprung up to motivate me to exercise in the first place, help me work out, and fix me up once I get injured.
3. Dr. Becky Smethurst