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Thinking: By the Editor
is devoted to informative articles and news items about exercise physiology.
It is a monthly magazine of news, opinions, exercise physiology professionals,
and events that shape exercise physiology. While it contains views and
opinions of the Editor
oversees the ASEP Internet Websites, visitors can have a voice as well.
We welcome interested practitioners, researchers, and academicians to e-mail
the Publisher their thoughts and ideas or respond directly via the ASEP
Boone, PhD, MPH
we realize that that the only time we fail is when we don't try, then why
be a failure? We dare you to become a member
of ASEP! It takes a dedicated and disciplined person to get involved and
to give to others that which is rare -- yourself. In order to become a
member, we have provided the membership application on Internet. It is
part of the main ASEP menu (http://www.
may not realize it, but we have reduced the application fee from what it
was per category of membership to a smaller fee to make it easier to become
a member. We want you to become a member of ASEP. It is that simple because
we believe your dedication to exercise physiology will help open the door
to a "golden stairway" of growth, giving, and contributing to the professionalization
of exercise physiologists throughout the United States and the world.
Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." Visionary thinking
is dreaming and hoping and believing that it can be done. It is taking
a chance and achieving shared excellence. All exercise physiologists have
to do, therefore, is dream the dream and put their full resources and commitment
ASEP membership year starts in January, 1998. The NEW
Professional Member ($50)
Membership (No Fee)
Membership (No Fee)
information about each category can be obtained at:
is the American Society of Exercise Physiologists so important?
recognize it now and resolve that we will never be fully committed to the
exercise physiology profession if do not have the:
the end, professionally speaking, we will probably be judged by what we
have done, and by the efforts we have shown [or rather, as Henry Drummond
said, "...what we have not done, by the love we have not shown"].
to create our own professional organization;
to develop social and economic connectedness;
to identify political allies to help with professionalization;
to determine academic and professional integrity; and the
to practice, think, teach, and research as exercise physiologists.
often the missing ingredient in professional organizations is the belief
in its members. ASEP exists for its members PERIOD! The members do not
exist to empower ASEP. The point is, the members are the driving force.
They will create a better future for exercise physiologists; one with respect
and enough money to pay the bills. At the very core of ASEP are members
who have faith that it will happen. They are not tired, dispirited, jaded
or whatever. They are willing to work to accomplish the professionalization
of exercise physiology.
said one of e-mail colleagues, "about the negative talk going around about
certain ASEP members?" Interestingly, is it too high of a price to want
to do something different? Are the negative comments justified simply because
they come from individuals many exercise physiologists hold in high esteem?
No! Every person has the right to decide his/her future. It is an honorable
step towards maturity (professionally and personally) when one communicates
with sincerity the truths and values he/she now understands and wishes
to work towards achieving. What is hard to understand, however, is not
so much the difficult task of pulling all the pieces together so that others
may live the dream, but the preoccupation of personalities who try an compromise
it. If only their thinking was less fuzzy.
does it mean to be committed and dedicated to a dream? The short answer
is "If you care long and hard enough, you can teach old dogs new tricks."
That is, even those among us who have been associated with and have embraced
the inertia of certain beliefs can change and they, too, can dream.
all depends on us! We can become a profession of exercise physiologists.
Do you have the courage and conviction to think with your heart as well
as your mind? The power to change is within you. We can do what we want
to do and accomplish what we want to accomplish. All we have to do is do
it day by day. Remember the old Latin proverb: "Believe that you have,
and you have it." Make things happen and forget about the fear of failure.
Join the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.
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