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Winning the Battle Against Metabolic Disorders: Iñigo San Millán at TEDxMileHigh (Transcript)

So if walking is so important, so good for you, why don’t we walk? Right? It’s something that can do the trick. Well, the main thing is it’s been erased completely out of our brains. We watch these TV shows, the reality shows, with the extreme diets and extreme exercises where they sell deprivation when it comes to nutrition, and they sell “no pain, no gain” when it comes to exercise — if you put the two of them together, we’re creating legions of miserable and unhappy people.

But, we’re not sending the message, right? That’s the gold standard, that’s the only way we can be healthy and lose weight. We know that’s not true. We know that 90% of those people, they’re never successful. On the other hand, we have the multi-billion dollar fitness industry. They have to sell memberships, they have to sell products, and they’re not going to sell you walking. They’re not going to do that, right?

So, it’s what I think. I’m not against that industry, of course, but if you haven’t exercised in recent memory, that’s probably not going to be the best thing for you. Hippocrates, the first human researcher and the father of medicine, already had this figured out about 2,000 years ago when he said that walking is man’s best medicine. So to conclude, we need to really make sure that first, we have to focus, scientists, the scientific community, on really getting the references right. We have to use perfection to understand imperfection. And for that, elite endurance athletes is the way to go.

Second, we have to stop thinking that our problems with the diseases is what we eat. We have to really identify that we have a mitochondrial dysfunction because we don’t use them. And we start to use comfortably that term and then we have to take action. And then we need to also make sure that we wash out our brains that the only way is “no pain, no gain” to be healthy.

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Walking just can do the trick, especially for those people who haven’t exercised in a long time. And that’s very important. Einstein said that we cannot solve a problem with the same intelligence we had when we created it. And this is what we’re doing right now. We’re not changing.

We’re not creating new thinking. So we need to think out of the box, to probably, and maybe as simple as that, to go back about 2,000 years ago to the words of wisdom of Hippocrates who had everything figured it out.

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