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Exercise and realism.

Ultradistance running is an example alright, but an example of what? There is a distinction that needs to be made between health and ultradistance fitness, and I found Dr. Craig Lewis' attempt to equate the two unconvincing ("Setting an Exercise Example," Guest Editorial, October 2005, p. 18).

Evidence is an interpretation of data, and interpretations are often idiosyncratic. Still, the available "evidence" suggests to me that therapeutic exercise on a daily basis is a necessary adaptation to modern life.

Resistance training (weights, machines, etc.), aerobic exercise, balance, and flexibility are likely components of therapeutic exercise, and an hour a day seems about right.

Play and work aren't therapeutic exercise, necessarily. They are more likely the activities of life that therapeutic exercise facilitates.

I would rather see physicians set examples that are realistic, evidence based, and not so discouraging to the average person.

Steven L. Mahorney, M.D.

Morganton, N.C.


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Author:Mahorney, Steven L.
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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