From Out Of The Fog…

I’m feeling a little more fitnessey these days. I had kind of checked out there for a while, despite that fitness is both my passion and my livelihood.

Approaching last year’s presidential election, and certainly in the months afterward, the mood of the nation changed. As our national depressive episode unfolded, I began to identify and to contemplate the things that matter most to me. And as much, I began discarding the things that were a lesser priority in my day-to-day life.

As odd as this may sound, through this self-exploration, I found the ideal of fitness; things like lunges, the best salads, and reaching a certain heart rate a few times per week, were a lower priority in my life than how I should be conducting myself as a citizen. And not just for me either, but for my clients.

As national monuments began being swallowed up or downgraded, as verbiage, finger-pointing, hatred, and ignorance manifest between politicians and constituents in equal portion and on both sides, and as I began to identify as much decay as growth in many of our social structures, the idea of fitness as a priority for anyone took on a tone for me that I can only refer to as petty.

More recently though, I’ve been reconnecting with the ideal of fitness, far beyond the light of beast-mode, PRs, being bad-ass, or doing sinister justice to a pair of jeans. It is an ancient ideal that I have been connected with since childhood, and now maybe the time when I need to be connected with it most:

Fitness, the quest for a greater physicality and increased abilities, is a responsibility. And yes, I genuinely believe that.

That ancient ideal is that families, businesses, communities, and larger societies all operate better and more efficiently when the individuals within them can operate and function at a higher level, with greater independence, and become less susceptible to the illnesses and injuries that might disrupt our contribution to those social structures.

And the basic tenants of that ancient ideal are these…

– Indulge a little less

– Eat a little better

– Move a little bit more

I can’t imagine why this is so hard for so many people, yet it is. And yes, I believe the inability to connect with these three simple bullet points is a part of the problem… Jhciacb


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5 responses

  1. It’s true – the ancient ideal was that a physically fit person was more fit to participate in society. But in my humble experience there’s an aspect of fitness that goes beyond this improvement in physiology. One of the biggest side effects of a fitness regimen, in my opinion, is self-mastery. Engaging in an eating plan and a program of exercise requires a measure of self-discipline. When I attempt to adhere to my higher goal of lifting a certain amount of weight, or running a certain distance, or eating a target percentage of macros, I am practicing self-control and ultimatley mastery over myself. I have to practice walking away from an appealing indulgence in service of a higher goal. When I forego indulgences such as staying in bed rather than working out, or a eating a big bowl of ice cream instead of prepping my dinner, I’m making a deposit in my self-mastery bank. Those deposits add up to behavior change. I have seen time and time again that self-mastery achieved in this way spills over into other aspect of people’s lives. A person who completes training for a marathon suddenly starts seeing goals and performance metrics in their workplace with a different attiude. A person who can lift a weight that was once impossible now can lift other weights in their life.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if actors in the current political climate exercised more self control? Less twitter, more long-term strategic policy? This is where fitness maybe could change the world.

    • I won’t expand my reply to much, except to say that I think this is the foundation for your first blog post in a while Lisa. It’s a really wonderful set of points, and I would love to see you expand on them – – only when you have the time…

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