How the fitness industry never change(s) each year
I gotta tell you I find it comical how many people with blogs, myself included, are always trying to “educate” people on fitness. Each person or business that blogs has a different personality, traits common to that writer and/or business. I find it funny how many times people write “don’t listen to everyone on the internet, just because its on the internet doesn’t make it true” or some other BS for that matter.
Look, getting fit is defined differently for each one of us. Each business that markets itself TO MAKE MONEY has to find a niche and ride the wave as long as they can. I can tell you that avocado green appliances in houses were popular in the 50’s, 60’s and somewhat in the 70’s. But the unique common denominator was that each appliance had a job to do. The refrigerator kept food cold, the stove cooked food, the microwave excites water molecules to the point they jiggle and heat is produced. It doesn’t matter what color the appliance was or is, the fact remains they still have jobs to do.
Fitness is the same. Sugar coat it all you want, read as much as you can. It seems that autodidacticism is still frowned upon in this “industry of ours”, somewhat like the code of Omerta (look it up on the WWW if you don’t know what it means). Just because someone writes doesn’t mean that they have nothing good to say. And so many people complain about the information superhighway and being bombarded with information so often they don’t know who to listen to, what advice to take and what path to choose, or are told by “authoritative writers” to listen only to them….
Ultimately, it comes down to YOUR PERSONAL GOALS.
Wanna lose weight? Learn about how the body uses energy, stores it for future use, genetic predisposition to fat storage and how it relates to you. Same goes with building muscle or any other physical trait worth improving. Yes, there are a lot of us bloggers out there and we each have unique traits that may tug at the heart strings of the people that read our words. But facts are facts, until proven otherwise. Your body is YOURs, no one else’s. If you read 20 blogs a day, does that mean that the information in all 20 should be discarded and thrown away because so and so said to?
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own“- Most Highly Esteemed Bruce Lee (Sigung, Sifu, Guru, Guro, etc)
It takes years to perfect your body, to be able to decipher each unique fitness trait your genetic code possess. We were not all created equal in some regards, I was never going to play pro-any ball. But as much as my dreams lead to me training, dedication and hard work, I had to accept that fact. Are we all going to be a size so and so for the rest of our lives? Do training methods have to change with age so continuity of training can…..continue?
One thing we all share in common is a brain that is capable of so much more than we think possible. With dedication, focus and honesty, we can be the best self we were designed to be.
3 fitness traits that can be adapted for any workout
Understand the basic principles and you can create a training plan that works for you. But you don’t have time to learn anymore, so you rely on the internet, specific trainer etc. As long as you are learning something from those sources of information, kudos. But the moment you rely on someone else to decide your future fitness, you lost sight of the moon and “all it’s heavenly Glory“. Yes, all those trainers out there will be out of jobs and mad that we tell people to learn, experiment on themselves, but most importantly keep track of your progress so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Any training plan will work for a certain amount of time, then you need to change one of the variables.
“Methods are many, Principles are few. Learn the principles so you can make your own methods”- I said this here in a Christmas post last year.
Once you understand the Principles of fitness you unlock the treasure chest of inner knowledge of thyself. Make your own methods so you don’t have to be reliant on anyone else, including me.
Fitness should be a fun, everyday family activity. Without it, we wear down faster, get injured or sick. Maintaining optimal health is 24/7/365 “work”. There is no easy way in, but it is harder to look at yourself everyday and see areas of improvement.
“The Only Easy Day was Yesterday“-
For starers, there are some great resources out there like Average Frog, by Eric Davis. I think his “Element Tool” is a great place for anyone to start digging into your own psyche.
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
As the new year approaches, we as human beings have put so much emphasis on the “New” in New Year we tend to wait until this seemingly glorious day of enlightenment to show us the way. Every day is a new day, an opportunity to change yourself for the better. Don’t waste time waiting for the right moment. Start right now, as if your life depended on it.
Because one day, it will.