***The following contains my thoughts on an article written by Mr. Will Gadd. The opinions here in are my own, but the 5 Fitness Truths are not my original thoughts***
Oh the Internet! How I loathe it at times. It can be a great tool, but the number of hours that I’ve spent mindlessly surfing, wasting my life away are countless.Then there are the times that I actually need to find something and all that Icome acrossare advertisements, cat memes and people arguing overthe dumbestthings. Last week the internet surprised me, in a good way.
While perusing one of my favourite sites, www.adventurejournal.com, I found an article titled “Five Fitness Truths To Live By”. At first I assumed that this was going to be just another dull, vapidarticle (maybe like this one) written by some who simply had an opinion to share. I took the bait and clicked on the article and I’m glad that I did.
I recommend that you read Will Gadd’s article before continuing: Five Fitness Truths To Live By
Mr. Gadd’s article proposes his five truths of fitness; his philosophies if you prefer. His article connected with me and it captured a lot of my personal philosophies about fitness with just enough of a spin to catch my attention. Below I have taken the essence of his articles and added my thoughts:
Truth One - It Doesn’t Matter What You Do To Work Out: Everyone has a different opinion on what fitness is and everyone has different reasons for working out. Some people work out to look fit while others value more subtle forms of physical fitness. Some people are training for specific reasons while others just enjoy the burning off excess energy or stress. Regardless of your reasons for exercising you need to realize that you are working out for yourself, not anyone else. Do what you want to do and don’t let other’s steer you to activities that you don’t enjoy. You will naturally gravitate towards things that you enjoy and you will be much happier charting your own path. You are also more likely to remain active throughout your life if you do things that you love.
Truth Two – Regularity Is Key: Regularity leads to routine and routine breed’s habits. This is an important factor when considering exercise. Even if you’re not doing the same things over and over again (and most research shows that variety yields the best work out results) you will get in the habit of doing something. Something is better than nothing and without frequency and regularity it is hard to develop these routines.
Truth Three – Your Interests Will Change Over Time; Adapt: Now that I’m in my late 30s I can appreciate this truth. People change over time and it’s normal that their interests will change. That’s ok. Accept this truth and change your fitness goals accordingly. I expect that my interests will continue to change throughout my lifetime and I will continue to adapt my fitness goals. We also live in a day and age when innovation and invention have changed the fitness industry. Take advantage of these advancements and leverage it for your benefit.
Truth Four - The Economy of Motion: When I first read this I was flooded with flashbacks from my teenage years. While watching TV with my father we would use the commercial breaks to do chin-ups. Fun right! My father made it very clear that your form was the most important factor. He would rather see 5 good chin-ups instead of 10 sloppy chin-ups. There is a mechanically efficient way to do all of these things and they should be followed. It is more important to perfect the movement and work efficiently when exercising.
One caveat that I will highlight is that at times pushing yourself beyond your limits can be an effective way to training. In order to do this, adopting some bad form for the last few reps isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This technique shouldn’t be relied on exclusively, but it is acceptable. Just be aware that this can increase the likelihood of injuries so be careful.
Truth Five – Sacrifice The Less Important Things: In my opinion this is the most important of these 5 truths. People have a tendency to fixate on ‘the now’ and can’t see the big picture. This truth encourages us to look longer term and ask yourself ‘will doing this be more important than my health when I’m older’? Committing to fitness has lifelong benefits and squandering opportunities to be active is something that we will likely regret as we age. If an opportunity presents itself, seize it. If you can make the choice between sitting on the couch and going for a walk, go for the walk. Turn off the TV. Put down your phone. Stay active, stay fit and avoid the regret that comes with age.