The Other Fitness

The dictionary does not distinguish between fitness and health; using them synonymously. In fact, Webster’s lists health as the definition of fitness. It’s true because one cannot exist without the other. Ironically, Webster’s offers no usable definition of the word “health” but, thanks to this material, you now know what that is. And, in a double irony, knowing what that is means that there is in reality no need for the word fitness at all…. except to mislead.

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Ego-Driven Goals

Quote-Square2Got a fitness goal? Most people do.

I’ve written much on the concept of fitness; how it is a man-made realm in which people have created artificial goals and perform artificial work for the sake of cosmetic and other ego-driven outcomes. The biggest mistake in all of this, including the setting of fitness goals, is that you think that health comes along as a part of the deal. It does not.

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Technology: Not The Answer

I’ve been baffled lately by the proliferation of electronic fitness gadgetry. Actually, I only pretend to be baffled. In reality, it’s pretty clear what lies behind this trend: it’s another example of the human tendency to want to outsource the work of health (or, at least, those uncomfortable or inconvenient parts of health).

This is the same phenomenon that began with the advent of motorized exercise ‘machines’, then heart-rate monitors, and now ….well, you’ve seen the ads.

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Why Is There More Than One Kind Of Fitness?

I happened to be talking to a natural food company recently about a partnership in a program that I was running that was mutually beneficial to our two businesses ( I had already sent a tremendous amount of business to them prior to this contact ). Even though I generally avoid the word, I had identified myself as a “fitness” business because I thought that would establish a bond between us as two businesses who generally had the same goal. ...

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The Why Affects The What

By now you’ve probably seen the news story about the 35-year-old California woman who continues to attend CrossFit classes in spite of being 8 months pregnant. The pictures that were posted on the internet and seen by millions were obviously staged for maximum effect—a minimum of clothing and extreme positions—in an effort to elicit a reaction from those who would see it. And indeed those photos ignited a maelstrom of controversy over the wisdom of engaging in strenuous ...

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Words That Compromise Health

What are the requirements of a workout? Another way to ask: what would be missing from an exercise session if you came away feeling that you had failed to get a “workout”?

Do you know how many notions there are about this and how many different answers I would get if I polled a random cross-section of society. In my many years of observing people’s level of satisfaction with a wide variety of sessions designed to make them better, more capable ...

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What Coaches Care About

coachIn the world of athletic ability rarely does anyone rise to their full potential alone—without a professional coach. A coach provides expert guidance, lends knowledgeable expertise, and brings accountability to the process of becoming the best that you can be physically. There are few shortcuts to this rule.

Yet despite this axiom there appears to be only 2 types of support via coaching available ...

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An Unreasonable Proposition

Does it seem to you sometimes that just being human and living your life is an unhealthy thing to do? Was it always so?

In all things that affect physical human health, I use advice to stress the bigger context rather than the minutiae of day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) choices. Rather than having your life dictated to you, if you know what a perfect world looks like you’re far more likely to come closer to it on your own than if someone ...

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Are You At-Risk Of Stupidity

It has been said (by me) that there are really only 2 things for sale in the world: survival and sex. The irony is that making survival your goal will also get you sex, but sex will not get you survival (except, perhaps, through your offspring). In fact, sex often gets you the opposite. The reason then that so many choose sex over survival is because sex is something we are biologically programmed for, and health is not.

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Performance Hyping

Every lifestyle behavior you engage in either supports health, or it supports something else to the detriment of health. This may seem obvious to you, but the vast majority of people to whom I point this out tell me that they had firmly believed that they were satisfying the requirements for health while they were pursuing some other physical goal.

The fact is that actual health is such an all-inclusive goal by itself that there is very little having to do ...

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