No Excuses

 Today was day 1418 of running every day since Dec 16, 2009. It is pure bliss to run every day of my life. I feel fully alive and it generates great ideas.

Last week this time I was running in sunny warm Orlando where I attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Today I ran in the snow here in Alberta.

Both runs were fun.

My point is simple: exercise every day and do what you enjoy

One last thing: exercise may also have a placebo effect.  Here is an abstract of a study done at Harvard to illustrate that:

In a study testing whether the relationship between exercise and health is moderated by one’s mindset, 84 female room attendants working in seven different hotels were measured on physiological health variables affected by exercise. Those in the informed condition were told that the work they do (cleaning hotel rooms) is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle. Examples of how their work was exercise were provided. Subjects in the control group were not given this information. Although actual behavior did not change, 4 weeks after the intervention, the informed group perceived themselves to be getting significantly more exercise than before. As a result, compared with the control group, they showed a decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index. These results support the hypothesis that exercise affects health in part or in whole via the placebo effect.


Alia Crum or Ellen Langer, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 1330 William James Hall, 33 Kirland St., Cambridge, MA 02138, e-mail: or



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