26 Sep '11, 5am

Food for thought: "Being a weekend warrior... only increases the probability of dying on a weekend."

DR YIK Keng Yeong's letter last Thursday ("Strenuous exercise has debilitating downside") highlighted the plight of many active people. It is unfortunate and ironic that the very habit that is supposed to make you feel good can also make you feel bad. Many a marathoner or triathlete would recommend his speciality to the man-in-the-street for keeping fit. Such advice is best ignored as the man-in-the-street doesn't need that kind of fitness for daily living. Taking part in such unusually strenuous activities and making other fundamental exercise errors can put the body under severe stress, resulting in bone, muscle and joint injuries that would need extended and costly treatments and rehabilitation. Believing that if a little is good, more is better is one such error. It has the tendency to will the person on to heights of physical feat that are both unwarranted and dangero...

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