By Johnny Nguyen
There would be little technological and human advancement if it weren’t for scientific research. It’s no different with exercise science; otherwise we’d still be using those rubber sweat suits and the Thigh Master.
In the past half-century, numerous scientific studies have added to a wonderful body of knowledge that helps to streamline our efforts for better health and fitness. But we still need to put scientific studies into the context in which they were conducted. We need to consider the type and experience of subjects, the design and methods used, the statistical analysis, the findings, and all the variables.
And when considering an exercise program, we also have to put it into the context of our goals. Also we must put exercise into the context of our lives. Are we getting enough physical activities? If not, then are we substituting this lack of physical activity with the proper amount of exercise? Too little? Too much? Exercise is inarguably tied to our health (and so is its volume and intensity). Yet, exercise is only part of the equation to optimal health. As such, are we optimizing our health by complimenting exercise and/or physical activities with a healthful diet? How about rest? Relaxation? Development in other areas of our lives?
There is a lot of information out there, and that’s probably the root of confusion for many, but it can also be the backbone for empowerment when we put it all into the proper context. This post is a friendly reminder (to myself and to others) to avoid myopic tendencies and consider all the variables in our lives. The big picture is a beautiful thing.