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Activation Costs

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In chemistry, activation energy is a term introduced in 1889 by the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius, that is defined as the energy that must be overcome in order for a chemical reaction to occur.

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Every action a person takes has an activation cost. The activation cost of a consistent, deeply embedded habit is zero. It happens almost automatically. The activation cost for most people in the United States to exercising is fairly high, and most people are inconsistent about exercising. However, there are people who - every single day - begin by putting their running shoes on and running. Their activation cost to running is effectively zero.

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When it boils down to it, people usually want one or two things from exercise - improvement in appearance (fat loss, muscle gain) and/or improvement in performance (health, longevity, improved ability to complete a task, sport specific training, pain reduction). As an aspiring minimalist, I seek to accomplish these things in the most efficient manner possible. I want my body to look good, and I also want it to last me a long time. In my research and in practice, nothing gets the job done as fast and effectively as weight training.

Forget the treadmills, the stationary cycles, the steppers and the ellipticals. You’re not a hamster. Take a walk in the park or sprint up hills. Pay little heed to all those single use, single plane resistance machines that dominate the space of most commercial gyms. They have very limited use. You’re not a professional bodybuilder and you don’t need to be isolating anything. If you are paid for owning muscle, you don’t need to read me.

What’s left then? That pile of iron in the corner. Don’t be scared of it or the people who surround it. Male or female, if you seek appearance or performance enhancement, it’s your fastest ticket there. If you have never trained with weights before don’t know where to start, first seek medical clearance, then professional guidance.

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