A common metaphor for discovering a life-changing fact is taking the red pill:
The image comes from the Matrix. In the film, the human race is enslaved by computers that use their brain power as batteries as well for creating a simulated reality in which the humans can live and the machines can come up with new ideas for survival. Human beings who discover this truth are “red-pilled.” Everybody else in the film trilogy is either a blue-pill or a machine.
This page is dedicated to an uncommon piece of knowledge for which there is tremendous evidence: resistance training the most efficient way to keep your body strong, young, durable, and healthy. So, take the iron pill. Why?
- Resistance training makes you stronger (this is obvious) and as Mark Rippetoe has observed, “Stronger people are harder to kill and more useful in general.”
- Resistance training improves your image by making you seem more mesomorphic/healthy/self-controlled/organized: sex appeal, competence, and general favorability.
- Resistance training improves cardiovascular function.
- Resistance training is anti-aging, as many symptoms of aging are the result of decreased muscle mass.
- Obesity is more a function of body composition than purely of weight. In other words, being skinny-fat still leaves you at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and so-on. Strength training improves insulin resistance and reconfigures your body-composition.
- Resistance training is counter cultural
For those who have an anti-authoritarian bent, strength training goes against our lazy, soft, and self-indulgent culture. Now, strength training would be good even if this weren’t so, but being counter-cultural is appealing to many. If that encourages you to get your butt into the gym, then go.
- For instance as many as two billion people are obese.
- Millennial men have weak grip strength, which is associated with more depression and distributive economics.
- The majority of American’s are over weight and over 1/3 are obese.
- The average obese woman gets less than an hour of exercise a year and the average obese man less than 4 hours.
- Resistance training is good for your mind
- It improves cognition/brain function for the elderly and everybody else.
- Resistance training contributes to the psychosocial development of youth.
- Resistance training improves anxiety measures among populations with chronic illness.
- Exercise, in general, improves depression and anxiety symptoms.
- In several populations, resistance training improves self-efficacy.