Art and Fitness III

In the late sixties, the artist Bruce Nauman created a number of videos based on “an awareness of yourself” that comes from “exercises” rather than simply thinking or reading, as he said in an interview from the period. His current show features seven video installations that look back on one of those pieces, Walk With Contrapposto (1967-8). I wrote about it here.

Too much exercise?

A new study reports that, despite changing the structure of the heart, “chronic right ventricular damage in elite endurance master athletes with lifelong high training volumes seems to be unlikely,” as reported in The New York Times. Interesting, since A-fib has seemed to have a markedly higher incidence among endurance athletes training at high volume. In fact, I know of at least one lifelong endurance athlete, a widely respected physician and longevity researcher, who switched to strength training specifically because his concerns over A-fib.