What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid, before fitness became about treadmills and calories. There is a better way and now you've found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hey there, how is it going, welcome to the podcast. I want to welcome you today because we are going to talk today about the difference between health and fitness. What is the difference? Aren't they the same? They do get interchanged a lot right. People usually say health and fitness. Fitness and health. They go together right like peanut butter and jelly, you can separate them. Anyway, so – man I'm talking about peanut butter and jelly, it's too early in the morning and I'll be talking about peanut butter and jelly. Health and fitness, what's the difference? Okay, well, one thing is for sure is that you want to know what you want. So what is your goal? Are you trying to get fit? Are you trying to get healthy? Or you are trying to get both. And that is the difference and what I have seen and the reason I want to talk about it today is because I see a lot of people who are sacrificing their health in order to get fit or I should say in order to appear fit because to be really fit you have to be healthy first. Health is the bigger platform. Health is the foundation. And then fitness is a piece of that. Fitness is a piece of that greater foundation. So what is health, like what are some things that maybe look healthy as in what kind of actions are going to produce health. So in my mind I think of things like going to bed at a reasonable hour you know relatively close to when the sun goes down, drinking a lot of water, being relaxed and just going with life’s flow, still having things you want to accomplish but also realizing that there's an ebb and a flow and a natural course of action with certain things and kind of laying down your brain’s to-do list and just being happy and just being healthy and just being there and enjoying yourself. What a concept right with our modern world. We don't enjoy ourselves. We just go, we just go, go, go. And in our modern world it's really interesting how interconnected we are and even if you are not a corporation or a business you outsource a lot of the work that you do. Think of back in hunter gather times. If you wanted food you had to go and pick the berries, the plant or kill the animal and eat it. Kill it, skin it, cook it, eat it. That was all you or it was a group effort you and your family and so in that way you are very involved right. Now I don't know exactly what they did but I imagine that I wasn't very leveraged as in you know every single bit of work that they wanted to do they had to do. And I base this assumption a lot of watching animal documentaries and I just saw a documentary on bears. It was a Disney movie I guess it was – it was on bears and Alaska and they are hunting salmon and if you don't – if you are not a good hunter and if you can't catch a salmon you don't eat unless you are a kid and your mom catches a salmon for you and then you get to eat but once you are an adult, you are an adult bear you can't catch food I mean that's survival of the fittest right there. I'm not saying we need to go back to that but I'm saying that sometimes we need to remember that we need to do the work ourselves. So this is very applicable with health. So you can't outsource it right. You have to do it ourselves.
Now, back to what I was originally going to be talking about, the difference between health and fitness. I see a lot, especially with our Weekend Warrior culture and I was definitely in this culture and you know trying to be as fit as I can, trying to run as fast as I can. In high school I had a crazy ridiculous goal of running a mile and 4 – what was my goal – 4-10, a 4-10 mile, that's crazy. Now I probably could have done it if I was a little more disciplined back then. My best was a 4 – what was it – 4-44 I think triple 4. Anyway so that, all that though, the reason I bring this up is that was all my desire for fitness. And it was all external. Fitness is mostly external. It's how you look, hey check out that six-pack. Look at his guns, oh man. You have 4 percent body fat. You know you can bench press 300 pounds. That's all fitness. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm not saying that it's bad to want to be fit. I am saying though – remember I said a bit ago that health is the foundation. So I would see it and I would recommend and highly motivate you to see it like this too that if you are pursuing fitness at the expense of health you are shooting yourself in the foot. You are building a 10-storey building on a foundation made of Popsicle sticks. There's no foundational health there. So what does look like? That looks like overtraining. You are doing crazy high intensity 7 days a week. You are not giving yourself enough time to rest. You are not sleeping enough. You are not rejuvenating your body and recuperating.
Remember we want to go to that question. I think I talked about this a couple of days ago that I mean ask yourself why do you work out in the first place. Why do you exercise in the first place? Is it really that you want to break up 5-minute mile time? Is it really that you want arms that are as big as foam rollers, I don't know. Do you want 3 percent body fat? Or do you really want what you think having 3 percent body fat will give you. Do you want health? Health is more internal. Actually health is all internal. Health is the feeling that you have as a result of taking care of yourself. When I look back and I really like looking at health books from the early 20th century, like 1920s through 1950s. And actually even earlier than that. I have a book from the late 1800s. So I mean think of this, there's barely like 20 or 30 years after the civil war. I mean we are talking it’s like we are way back there. But it's early 20th century and modern science is just being born and I have all these books that you know talk about juicing and fasting periodically you know for like a half a day or a day and different things that are health producing. And I really enjoy reading those because the workouts in those books are so health related as opposed to fitness related. They are not talking about how much you can bench press or anything like that. They are talking about feeling invigorated. So one of the books talks about stand up and just god just clench all your muscles and just ah reach your arms over your head, open your hands up, look up to the sky. I mean these are health producing fitness routines. They are not like break you down, take 3 days rest. So your muscles can recover from the damage that you gave them. So anyway I encourage you to do more kind of fun workouts like be a kid again right. Go crawl around. Do big-big stretch, followed by a roll. Roll in the grass. You know just working out to promote health as opposed to just crazy fitness right. And then you will build up that foundation and then from there then you can go more down that path of more of a fitness base because you already have that health as your foundation.
Thank you for listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I'm your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We'll talk again next time. Until then let's be fit, let's be healthy, let's be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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