by Alex Bernier,
Thoughtfood 3: Is Your Car Really Like The Human Body
It is human nature to follow the habits of the highly successful. Yes, success leaves clues, and thankfully those who have achieved a desirable level of it are willing to share what they believe to have done right for you to mimic and soar to the highest levels of personal achievement,...at a price. But do these successful principles necessarily apply in the unique context of your quest towards victory?
In the world of health and fitness, for instance, the message seems pretty clear – You have to eat and exercise the right way to be healthy. Surely, social media outlets have confirmed this with the countless of life-changing testimonials shared across all platforms based around rigorous exercise regimens and robotic dieting.
Eat and exercise the right way. Get healthy. Rinse, and repeat.
Today, however, the definition of ''the right way'' has never been so ambiguous, and the growing chronic disease epidemic could suggest that healthy people might not be successful for the reasons they believe to be.
We ignore the outliers who do everything right and still get sick, and those who remain healthy without any effort – genetic predisposition has become the scientific equivalent of '' God wanted it this way''. How long is losing the genetic lottery going to remain an acceptable explanation?
We never really question our perhaps erroneous and incomplete comprehension of the dynamics between the human body and the mind. As more of us continue to fall ill, the universal diet-exercise formula for good health seems futile. Is an antidote truly an antidote if it is only effective for the few who can apply it?
When we compare successful individuals to their unsuccessful counterparts, we establish the characteristics of the former as guidelines to evaluate the latter. It is exactly why exercise and diet have become the panacea of good health.
Many healthy people eat clean and exercise, while those who are not seem to do the opposite. Now because we are inherently terrible with statistics, our survivorship bias judges the correlation between the two to be strong enough to omit the rest of the variables and formulate an explanation we can fathom.
The danger is that we do not further question the correlation and then generalize guidelines for people to follow.
Hence, an entire population is told to exercise more while following strict dietary guidelines as the only way out of the darkness. The result is a flock of terrified individuals running on a treadmill and lifting heavy objects while having nervous breakdowns over the content of their plates. Motivation wears off, injuries occur, and the vicious cycle continues.
To be continued.