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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wasted Beats

"I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street."- Neil Armstrong

In his newest Podcast, Phedippidations host, Steve Runner, discusses what he refers to as " Logical Fallacies."  He defines these as "a mistake in reasoning" and provides the listener with many valid arguments as to the benefits of running.  He also discusses Neil Armstrong's famous anti-running quote.  While I was out on my run listening to this, it got me thinking...Am I wasting heart beats? Or was this the most famous logical fallacy ever quoted?  

For sake of argument, lets say the average heart beat of a non-runner is 80 beats per minute, and a runner, 60 beats per minute.  By my calculations, a non-runner would have 115,200 heart beats per day while the runner would have 86,400.  If the runner runs for 60 minutes per day with an average heart rate of 150 bpm, the runner would still only have 91,800 heart beats per day. The daily difference of 23,400 heart beats per day is a savings of 8.5 million heart beats per year and would gain 93 days per year in 'unused heartbeats'

The average life expectancy of person, as of 2009, in the United States, was about 78 years.  Using my extremely scientific logic, this would mean a non-runner would run out of heartbeats 7,254 days (19.87 years) sooner than the runner. 

Ok, so maybe it's not an exact science but if your main argument is the argument used by Mr. Armstrong it may be time to come up with a new one.

Happy Running.

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