There are some lies that thrive in the deepest holes in the human soul. I am coming to peace with the reality that the folks who live in my community are not immune. I hear about these lies, without the use of words, each time I talk through the importance of lifetime fitness.
Evidence that their “facts” are wrong doesn’t not dispel their belief in the lies. Even when they “discover” that their facts are wrong, the lies live on. In history, these kinds of thinkers are called “flat earthers,” and they draw conclusions of grand incorrectness like “Columbus discovered America.” They occupy the same space as those thoughts, and they are tough to let go! They offer the intellectual validity of the claims that good luck comes from leprechauns and eating low fat foods makes you less likely to be fat and stay thin. I digress.
Here is a short list of a few beliefs that I combat in our culture, when it comes to fitness.
There are no ads and no products to sell once you read the articles. It is the closest thing we have to pure science.
In each instance, there are some pieces of thoughtful research that I can share (and have) but they are typically heard only by those who already believe them.
I don’t like to google search related website on the Internet. We can prove that smoking isn’t dangerous with the thinking that “it is on the Internet.” I prefer using sites that focus only on research studies and have content reviewed and commented on by people of equal knowledge. In in cases below, I have embedded a link for you to read. I use the National Institutes of Health, The Center for Disease Control and the National Library of Medicine. They are not “facts” but the results of lengthy and diligent research fixated on discovery that can be repeated or followed up on by intelligent people. The steps they take are repeatable, and all the known constraints and assumptions are spelled out. The authors are also open to being wrong.
There exists a powerful group of naysayers in fitness who think this conversation remains moot since some people are born more physically talented than others. To them, I quote Leyk and associates at the German Sport University in Cologne. “Aging is a biological process that can be considerably speeded up of slowed down by multiple lifestyle-related factors.”