- Physical activity education and sports may uniquely contribute to the sufficiency economy, not just philosophically, but practically. Our chances of achieving this are optimized by understanding and applying wisdom-derived knowledge from evolution, natural law, and demography. In this presentation I hope to increase your understanding as to why regular physical activity engagement is so difficult for people and what might be done about it. I will address a range of topics including the national physical activity guidelines, the mismatch hypothesis between what our bodies were adapted for and modern-day living conditions in developed societies (including just how W.E.I.R.D. and unnatural “exercise” really is), revelations for overcoming this that might be gleaned from Newton’s Three Law’s of Motion, how the behavioral pathways associated with physical activity experiences might be better aligned to match what we know about affect, cognition, and psychomotor skill development, as well as other insights aimed at helping people live healthy, active lifestyles. Before concluding I will also address some demographic trends that showcase specific entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Cardinal, B. J. (2018). Striving to sustain active, healthy lifestyles for all: Wisdom derived from evolution, natural law, and demography. Proceedings 8th Institute of Physical Education International Conference 19th – 21st August, 2018 The Emerald Hotel at Bangkok, Thailand. Main Theme: The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy of the Late King Bhumibol for Sustainable Development in Sports (pp xxxvii- xliv). Bangkok, Thailand: Institute of Physical Education, Ministry of Tourism and Sports.