Fitness is a Lie

The Great Lie

  • Get fit and loose fat
  • Fitness improves your health
  • Increase your longevity with exercise

Give Me a Break

We put our hopes and dreams into ideas.  Fitness can become just an idea.  These supposed lies of fitness could be true as well as not.  There are parts to each of the above that are true and other parts that are misconstrued.  Let’s take a break from whether it is true.  The discussion is specious.  Does this mean we shouldn’t strive to be fit.  Again there is this aspect of talking about it vs getting it done.   The key at this moment is “go” not talk about it.  (now before you leave for your workout…)

Next Step

Best thing to do is stop discussing this idea and start practicing it.  There is a ton of information out there on different programs to help you achieve your goals in becoming better at moving.  This is what fitness does.  It helps you move better.

Everything in our physiology is movement related.  We send signals of back and forth within our body, both chemical, electrical and mechanical.  We push and pull air and fluids throughout our vessels and channels.  We move things inside and outside.  Our thoughts and emotions move into and out of our awareness.  We are a constant complex marvel of an internal and external ballet of choreographed movements.

All this internal movement is summoned up in our expression and dance of movement with our outside ecology.  These exercises we do and the functions we perform in our daily lives and the kinds of relationships we have or don’t have are the final expressions of our symphony of movements.

Fitness Guidelines

  1. Start a regular practice involving large body movements.
    1. Spinal movements
    2. Shoulder girdle movements including the whole shoulder complex
    3. Hip girdle movements including the lower extremities
  2. Include a systematic variety of different types of movements
    1. Endurance both aerobic and anaerobic forms
    2. Stability and strength
    3. Flexible and fluid
    4. Power
    5. Agility and balance
    6. Coordination and motor control
    7. Skill and FUN aspects
  3. Yoga
    1. Develop a philosophy of life
    2. Live both the life of the inner worlds WITH the life of the outer worlds
    3. Be truly happy and know yourself
    4. Skill set of practices
      1. Meditation and concentration practices
      2. Breath training
      3. Internal dialogue
  4. Diet and nutrition
    1. Develop regular eating habits
    2. Proper food selection and supplementation
    3. Proper elimination
  5. Sleep
    1. Regular
    2. Sufficient amount
  6. Sex
    1. Healthy expression
    2. Significant indicator of hormonal balance
  7. Etc
    1. In case I left out anything, please add here

Now What

Do some of you remember Jim Fixx.  Back in 1984, he was on the popular front of running and getting fit.  He had a 2 pack/day cigarette habit and was out of shape.  He stopped smoking, ate better and took up running.  He was the iconic symbol of a fit man when suddenly he died of a heart attack while jogging.  I remember this incident well.  I had bought his book and thought what a great thing for fitness that he was doing.   After his death there was a whip lash effect on this fitness craze of the day.  Some of course used this sad story to incorrectly label the efforts of fitness.

Being fit does not protect you from disease or life.  It does allow you to move better through life, no matter what you have to deal with.  The key again is movement.  Fitness isn’t something that you can hold in your hand as this or that.  But if you have done your practices regularly, then you will be able to live above most that do not.

We all will have some of today’s diseases for a variety of reasons.  Some of us will be heavier.  Some us will be skinnier.  Etc.  Being able to move our minds and bodies well will allow recovery and return to our lives with greater ease.

Look closely at what you want in your life.  Develop a practice to reach those goals.

What you can train, you can attain!

If you are involved in training, congratulations!  Consider reviewing your program.  Look at the above guidelines.  Which areas are you doing well in.  Are there areas that you leave out?  Maybe you don’t even consider them.  It would be another article to speak more directly about using some of these guidelines that may be under utilized (or mis-used) by some in the fitness arena.  Leave a comment about this topic.

If you haven’t started training regularly, then re-evaluate where you are in relation to your goals.  Maybe get some goals and/or redefine them.  Start with a simple plan and then take action on it.

Expect to train and practice for a long time.   Many fitness gurus and research speak of short term training programs.  There is value to including short term effects.   The real value in practice and training is over the long term.  It is always surprising to me how much change happens from year to year.  Most are familiar with the change of degradation from year to year.  The changes I find that are most sustainable and profound actually take place over many, many years.

Now for some, a longer view is a kin to a prison sentence, at least emotionally.  OK, that isn’t uncommon.  It is just unproductive.  This evaluation of the value of long term training actually allows for all of us to attain whatever it is that we are training.  This statement kind of reminds me of a money back guarantee.

Just don’t be planting carrot seeds and expecting apple blossoms.  I’m not kidding.  Many people say this type of training just doesn’t work.  Often these critics do not even participate.  They are the arm chair quarterbacks or the box seat critics.  You have to be moving and doing (before you re-hang around being).

But again the main point is that what ever we do, what ever we eat, what ever we think/feel becomes what we are.  If we have a particular result, it is due to all that we have done or not done that leads up to this result.  Again this can become a challenge to survive/manage/overcome or an obstacle that seems insurmountable.

Develop the fitness of the mind and body.  Engage fully in life.  Practice!

Best of the best in your endeavors–peter

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