Science vs Nature

Nature, Outdoors

A ‘fad’ is defined as something that grows in popularity quickly and then dies away just as quickly, usually due to its novelty factor. Now in health and fitness fads are everywhere, fads are like the leprosy of the biblical age health and fitness industry. Yet everyone loves them – that fact is necessary for them to become a ‘fad’. Think of the reebok shoes that claims to shape up your legs and bum, or 8 minute abs which may develop your abdominal muscles but will not give you a 6 pack unless you loose abdominal fat! These fads have cast a dark cloud upon the health and fitness world. in fact, the research done in this area can be very beneficial to people’s everyday life.

A lot of the ‘naturalists’ out there are a little to militant about it for my liking. Surely not everything that we have discovered over centuries is completely bad? I refuse to believe that a caveman was healthier than we could be if we utilise nutritional and sport science. This may seem like a contradiction to the general ethos of a ‘go back to nature’ blog but I don’t believe that no research or discoveries made in recent times wont be beneficial. It is about finding the middle ground. Much of what we eat and do in modern times is in direct opposition to what we have historically done. However, there are certain things such as resistance training and cycling that, when done well, can contribute significantly to a healthier lifestyle. So what message am I trying to get across? Try your best to exercise in a natural way, but do not be so militant so that you refuse to go on a bike ride! The likelihood is that you will find it easy to relate it back to nature anyway.

A prime example of this is interval training. The health benefits of interval training have been highlighted through the development of sports science, e.g interval training increases your VO2 max. As modern and scientific as interval training can get, it has its roots very deep in our past. Think about how we would have hunted and survived over millenia. Very rarely would we have been exercising at a constant rate for hours and so it is no surprise that interval training has massive benefits for your body. Cavemen would have been forced into interval training as they sprint away from danger, in this way you must utilise the body’s natural ability to do so and gain the benefits from interval training. It is a development of something humans have done for thousands of years. Since it has its roots in nature (and not in some marketing ploy to sell more shoes to overweight women) I would recommend taking advantage of the scientific research done on interval training. Workout the time/intensity of each interval that would best benefit yourself. Take advantage of science, but be wary of the fads. If you can relate the training to something natural then it is probable


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