This past week, I had several random health and fitness thoughts that it turns out can be woven together with certain similarities. Here they are:
Using your strengths against you
We take your strengths, and we make you do the opposite. You may not be weak at it, but because the opposite muscles are so strong it’s that much harder. You’re so good at the other one, so it pulls you.
Pain Free Back
Your situation may be different. The body responds to what you give it. If you sit at a desk all day, of course you’ll be in pain. But pain is just a signal. Most people feel pain and immediately go to the doctor and get them to prescribe something so they don’t feel pain anymore. That’s like if someone tells you that your house is on fire and you kill him. Don’t shoot the messenger! Call the fire department. Numbing your pain is not helpful. Listen to it. It’s telling you something. Act on what it’s telling you. That is the number one goal.
Back in the hunter-gatherer age, we had shotgun movement. It was spread, not deliberate. But because they had the shotgun approach throughout the course of a day they managed to do all the movement they need. The problem with where we live today is that it doesn’t have naturally movement so we have to deliberately add movement. The problem with the workouts that most people do is that their workout only adds to the imbalanced nature of their sedentary life. So they’re actually training themselves to be tighter. The key is to undo the damages of our sedentary society before your workout. If you do that you will be amazed, you’ll look and feel like a human being should. You don’t feel beat up. You feel rejuvenated. If you feel wiped out after a workout it’s most likely because you’re imbalanced. If you don’t take care of those imbalances you’re just setting yourself up for disaster.
Silicon valley syndrome
Apparently this is a real syndrome in the medical books. You sit too much at the computer and you start to slouch, lose muscle tone, blood vessles constrict, your heart gets weaker. These are the “symptoms” of silicon valley syndrome. But the problem with calling something a syndrome is that you are getting rid of your power. It’s not some bug that just bit you, it’s just a result of not moving. When you move you’re body has the structural integrity to stay alive. It doesn’t take much time, but it does take a little bit of work on your part.
You’ve heard that we only use 10% of our brain right? What if I told you that you only use 10% of your body. 90% of your muscles are not being used. What does that mean? If you go to the gym, you’re only using 10% of your muscles, meaning you cannot improve 90% of your muscles because you cannot access those muscles. We cannot access those muscles because we’re imbalanced. Once we can access those muscle then the results come quickly. Would you rather maximize your 10%? Or get the full 100%
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