Strength to Strength. Introducing (to me at least), Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength website. The first link is to a speech in which statements are made along these lines by an expert not (yet) familiar to me, John Sullivan:
- Aerobic exercise builds conditioning, quickly established once one begins, and quickly diminishing, once one leaves a program built on it. Strength exercise, on the other hand, builds "architecture," an enduring result.
- Doing strength exercise is like a deposit in one's health 401(k) plan.
- It is important not only for the individual, but also the community for one to build his strength: less morbidity in the future (that part of the future near to Carol and me), less demand on the community for medical and other support services related to bad health. (As to the community, I not only think of demands for government services, but certainly I think of demands on the healthier people in one's family.) I want my death to be a good one, far distant but, when the time comes with very short ramp up, very cheap, and then quickly out of here.