The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020
My grandfather turned 94 two weeks ago. He’s been a wealth of influence in my life, but there’s one thing he’s regularly told me:
"If you sit down, you’ll never stand up."
He’s always been moving. He’s been the most active man I’ve ever known and his long life has been his reward. A new groundbreaking study just published in JAMA suggests that:
Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.
While everyone knows that exercise is a good idea, whatever your age, the hard, scientific evidence about its benefits in the old and infirm has been surprisingly limited.
“For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people,” said Dr. Marco Pahor, the director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the lead author of the study.
Countless epidemiological studies have found a strong correlation between physical activity in advanced age and a longer, healthier life. But such studies can’t prove that exercise improves older people’s health, only that healthy older people exercise.
My grandfather has always been ahead of the curve. It’s nice to see science proving his theories. It’s also interesting to note that the studies around such a logical concept are “surprisingly limited.” Actually, it’s not that surprising. In the medical world, if you can’t profit off the findings of a study, there probably isn’t good, well-funded, objective science around it. The question is interesting…who stands to profit off exercise and would they still publish the results if the findings found there was no effect?
Recent studies showing beneficial effects of transfusing plasma from young mice into older mice should be no surprise. It’s been long known that growth factors and hormones are present at higher levels in younger people. I encourage anyone who finds this interesting to look further into myokines and adipokines which show beneficial/detrimental effects respectively, and are directly related to muscle activity and muscle to fat ratio. You can make your own body release “ponce de leon factors” through excercise now, no need to wait for future exogenous wonder serums.
Image from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092070/
In “Academic Labor, the Aesthetics of Management, and the Promise of Autonomous Work,” Sarah Brouillette writes of academic faculty,
… our faith that our work offers non-material rewards, and is more integral to our identity than a “regular” job would be, makes us ideal employees when the goal of management is to extract our labor’s maximum value at minimum cost.
"The more dominant information becomes in our economy, the less most of us will be worth." - Jaron Lanier Who Own’s the Future
Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ based drug users and white-collar criminals profiting from the drug trade.