RUSH: I’ve been referencing my use of the Apple Watch, and as is par for the course there are snarksters that I hear form. I mean, no matter what I do, I get snark. I mean even friendly snark from people here on the program. And I know, I was on record as saying I wasn’t interested in the watch, I couldn’t have cared less about it, I like big screens, I didn’t understand the marketing, I remember all that.
But I didn’t order the watch, folks. I’m a powerful, influential member of the media, and a couple of them just showed up. So as a tech gizmo, cutting-edge kind of guy and a curiosity seeker, I used them, and I found that there are productive uses for the watch. I enjoy using it. The last thing I care about is the fitness and the exercise stuff ’cause that gets bogus. I’m on record as saying that exercise is not the way to lose weight, and all this preoccupation with it as a weight loss regimen is absurd.
Now, if you want to exercise and run and do all that stuff ’cause you feel better, fine. I don’t care. I’m not a Nazi like other people on the left are. If you want to engage in all this stuff, and if you want to obsess over your blood oxygen rate, fine, you go right ahead. But don’t tell me I have to, and don’t tell me that you’re losing weight doing so, because you’re not. It is impossible to lose weight exercising.
Have you ever seen an offensive lineman for the National Football League? They exercise all the time. It’s called practice. How in the world is anybody obese or fat and in the NFL at the same time? I happen to know the answer. Know how they do it? Since steroids are illegal, they have to live in the refrigerator. You would not believe some of the horror stories offensive linemen — defensive, too — have told me, that that’s how they keep their jobs.
They have to eat their weight on. Even with all the physical activity, some have to eat 6,000 calories a day, some of these offensive and defensive linemen. I’m not gonna mention names, but I met a noseguard for the Steelers way back long time ago, and he retired, and I happened to run into him a couple years after he retired. I didn’t recognize him. He was a stick. He played at 320; he was at 180. I said, “How in the world did you lose the weight?”
He said, “I just started eating three meals a day.”
I said, “What?”
“Yeah, I just cut back to three meals a day.” And that’s when he told me all it took to stay at 320.
I said, “Did you do any exercise?”
“No, I did much less exercise when I retired.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m not gonna do the same level of exercise after I retire.”
“So you went from 320 to 180 cutting back to exercise and cutting back to three meals a day?”
He did not look like a professional football player. And I said, “Excuse me. You weren’t juicing?”
“No, we didn’t on this team juice.” He swore up and down. My point is, it’s always been, since I was a kid, everybody’s been pointing, shouting, “Exercise!” And I’ve known, common sense, exercise is not enough to lose weight. And now the watch. I’ve been talking about how the watch tells me to stand up. The funny story about how it told me I had reached my goal of burning 500 calories one day while I was eating some Doritos. I have the screenshots to prove that.
The other day, you know, it tells you to stand up once an hour ’cause that’s gonna make you healthy. Oh, yeah, just stand up and move around a couple of feet. The watch taps you at 10 minutes to the hour. Well, I stood up at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, I was walking around doing something. I wasn’t eating. I was walking around doing something, might have been going to get a cigar. Watch taps me, tells me it’s time to stand up, while I’m walking. Got the screenshot to prove that.
RUSH: Anyway, what I was leading up to here is a story in the Washington Post that says, “Take off that Fitbit. Exercise alone wonÂ’t make you lose weight. The obesity problem has little to do with our sedentary lifestyles. … A growing body of scientific evidence shows that exercise alone has almost no effect on weight loss.”
This is only common sense. You know when I learned it? When I learned that you had to jog five miles to burn off a piece of pie, that’s when it clicked for me, that you cannot do enough exercise to lose weight. I’m not gonna jog five miles in my life, but I’m gonna have pieces of pie. So I’m stuck.
This is absurd, that we got a whole business now burgeoning on trying to get you off your butt on the pretext you’re gonna lose weight and get healthier. I don’t even know that they can make that claim. But if you like it, fine. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not being critical like the left is of people that do things they don’t like. I just hate people being lied to and misled.
I hate people with phony expectations, false promises getting involved in something and devoted to causes that are fraudulent. That’s what I care about. I hate people being used. I hate ’em being insulted. I hate ’em being mobilized and used for fraudulent causes like global warming. It’s rooted in my compassion for people. I hate seeing them be used, I hate them being deployed and taken for granted, and that’s what Democrats do.