Monday, September 4, 2023

Powerfully weak “might” word

Pierini Fitness gives more weight to his own anecdotal experiences in chasing age-adjusted upper percentile fitness, health, and wellness, and for good reason. I seem to be, thus far, better served by it in my gracefully aging journey.  My experiences seem more believable than the “might laced” news articles gibberish sprinkled with the powerful words of “research suggests (insert your favorite content) might be beneficial for you.” Ditto for vitamins and other supplements’ advertising and testimonials.  I’m tired of this “might” word.


Spend some time surfing the internet for articles about new fitness, health, and wellness research studies.  Then spend some additional time going to the source and as a minimum reading the research abstract; generally, you’re able to do this.  Then, see if you can access the entire published research document and read it; often you can’t without paying for it, but sometimes you can.  If you’re able to access the published research document, attempt to read it but know that it may be difficult to comprehend without careful study because it’s written by highly educated researchers for other highly educated researchers in the same field. There’s generally not a meathead version for people like you and me.


I’ve read research abstracts and have gone further in some cases when able to do so and read parts of the published research document.  Invariably, the “might” word will appear along with a concluding statement that “additional research is needed.”  The latter tends to give more power to the “might” word and is a job security plea suggestion to fund additional research for the researcher.


Vitamins and supplements’ advertising and testimonials are not better, and they use the “might” word more generously to tantalize the fascination of their potential customers with their fountain of youth elixirs, muscle builders, libido enhancers and everything else under the sun that many people are lacking in their lives.


Therefore, Pierini Fitness has chosen to continue being a fitness, health, and wellness data geek in his pursuits.  He has kept a data-rich workout training journal for years, daily weighs himself and keeps a detailed food journal, and periodically captures other data about his fitness, health, and wellness.  He studies this data and turns it into useful information to serve as a map for his continuing fitness, health, and wellness travels.


My anecdotal experiences have served me well and I’ve never gotten lost in my journey.  They’ve been a better guide in my fitness, health, and wellness journey rather than reading news articles, published research studies, vitamins and supplements’ advertising and testimonials, all laced with the powerfully weak “might” word.


Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum


Anonymous said...

Great article, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Pierini Fitness said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Do you do any exercises to increase your grip strength or is it a byproduct of other exercises?

Pierini Fitness said...

My current preference for grip training is hanging from a pull-up bar. Sometimes I use two kettlebells for Farmer’s carries.

Wishing you the best in your grip training journey.

Anonymous said...

You might be right. :) Merry Christmas Bob

Pierini Fitness said...

Nice to have a visit from you Bob, hope life is treating you wonderful. Merry Christmas greetings to you and your family.