Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Scientific Overload

"Did you see that new study?"

"Hey, you really shouldn't eat that.  I read somewhere that...."

"On T.V. this morning they said you shouldn't follow that exercise program because..."


Our society in general is experiencing scientific overload in my opinion. 

It seems like you can't have a conversation with anyone about anything without them bringing up some statistic they read somewhere, some study that their favorite talk show host brought attention to or some article that was featured in their favorite biased magazine.  However, when you ask them about their experiences with any of these topics, more often than not they will redirect the conversation or immediately become defensive.

The sad truth is that people don't want to admit that they are misinformed, uneducated on a specific issue/topic or flat out WRONG!  I call it sad, because admitting that you don't know is the first step in knowing....  Make sense?  You can't learn something new unless you admit that you don't know it in the first place, otherwise you'll just cloud up the process with any one of your preconceived notions.

Aside from not knowing, the bigger letdown is that people don't want to experience things for themselves anymore.  They'd rather have people tell them what works and what doesn't. 

Well guess what?  EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, and what works for Joe Schmoe may or may not work for you.  The only way to find out is to try out.  If it works, great.  If not, move on.

And furthermore, what worked for you last year may or may not work for you this year.  We are constantly evolving with the world around us, and learning that the facts and procedures of yesterday are becoming obsolete.

What does work then?  That's up to you to find out.  A good place to start is with a balanced diet (based on the requirements of your lifestyle/goals), and a progressive exercise program that is continuously evolving with the adaptations that you are experiencing.  But play around with things, try a different stimulus, incorporate new foods, EXPERIENCE.  There are 1,000,000 different diet and exercise programs out there, and most of them work for most people willing to put in the time, effort and dedication.  The key is to listen to your body.

What doesn't work?  Following the latest fad, spewing your nonsense about how this is "THE WAY" to your immediate social circles, and then falling into a rut once your progress inevitably plateaus because your body has adapted as it will with any one program.  Or worse, hurting you body physically/physiologically because you followed something that worked for somebody else without paying attention to the signals your body was sending indicating that maybe this program isn't working for you.

The objective of life is to experience all that we can, and to make the most of it.  If you are not experiencing with your body first and then adjusting accordingly to your needs/capabilities, you're missing the bigger picture.  It's not a fad that lasts, it's a lifestyle, and it's YOUR LIFESTYLE that dictates whether or not you will achieve your goals. 

+Wesley Claytor

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