A new confederacy of dunces and control freaks. It’s unbelievable to me that groups such as the American Council on Exercise, featured in this piece, and their fellow stooges at the American College of Sports Medicine never cease to want to issue more and more guidelines. They issue guidelines, the feds issue guidelines, states and localities issue guidelines, and now the medical care industry wants in on the guidelines act. Did it ever dawn on anyone that if everyone feels the need to continue spitting out guidelines that maybe the guidelines process doesn’t work? This has become a perpetual make-work venture for government and private sector bureaucrats and medical groups that just want to find another way to intrude into people’s lives and control behavior. I cannot imagine a more ignorant partner in a conversation about exercise than the typical physician.
The problem with exercise in America is that people lack knowledge, vision, and discipline. The motivation and stages of change arguments are total bullshit. You either have the will to change or you don’t. If you don’t, shut up about how much medical care costs and airlines charging you for two seats because, well, you take up two seats. If you do have the will to change, kudos. Welcome to the club of the self-selected, people who, no matter how deep into the hole they’ve dug themselves, they are willing to try digging themselves out. You don’t need guidelines. You need to just keep doing and learning from the people around you who are on the same journey.
The latest, a group of all-star experts called the Prescription for Activity Task Force, says there’s a way to weave prescriptions and incentives for physical activity into the health care system’s very structure, driving how medical professionals and insurers interact with patients. For the group, made up of academics, government policy makers, and top officials from health-care companies, philanthropic foundations and medical professional organizations, exercise is the best preventative medicine, able to relieve a burdened health care system — and save it money, too.