Please kindly see other articles I’ve written along these lines which speak directly to your points. If I tried to get every single relevant point into one article it would be War and Peace for fitness. I happen to agree with you, Chuck, so before you condemn me outright kindly see the other pieces I’ve written which acknowledge many of these very things. For example https://medium.com/@jhubbel/go-hard-or-go-home-the-lie-of-constant-extreme-effort-ea61caeee3f1: https://medium.com/@jhubbel/functional-fitness-a416afe8abcb: https://medium.com/@jhubbel/superbly-fit-after-sixty-seven-strategies-for-aging-well-69ab1ac0a908 and https://medium.com/@jhubbel/setting-a-bhag-the-importance-of-rest-and-fun-in-your-training-program-fb3ce245fc04 for starters. I have to pick a single theme to keep them short.
I also reference the Mayo Clinic, among others. Not an argument. Like I said, we agree. Before you leap to conclusions, there’s a lot more we agree on than not. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, always very useful.