There are some lies that thrive in the deepest holes in the human soul. I hear about these lies, without the use of words, each time I talk to someone who missed the middle school lessons about the importance of lifetime fitness.
There is a lot of evidence that their “facts” are wrong. Yet, true to expectation, the evidence doesn’t 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 heard on the Internet that good luck comes from leprechauns and that eating low-fat foods makes you less likely to be fat and stay thin. Same mentality.
Here is a short list of a few beliefs that I combat in our culture when it comes to lifetime fitness.
I try to share some findings from smart people and from current literature on these topics to help combat the lies.
I share what I have found people are willing to listen to, but I don’t have an expectation of change.
Google won’t lend its outputs to anything venerated by science, and they display results of your query based on advertising, the latest algorithm and your own search history. Google can prove that smoking isn’t dangerous and show you some results to validate your belief. Instead, I prefer using sites that focus only on research studies and have content reviewed and commented on by people of equal knowledge. In the 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 a discovery that can be repeated or followed up on by discipled and intelligent people. The steps they take are repeatable, and all the known constraints and assumptions are spelled out. The authors of all these publications are also open to being wrong. That last point is a real discriminator.
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 or slowed down by multiple lifestyle-related factors.”