Fitness means different things to different people. For some people, it means getting up early, putting on the running shoes and pounding the pavement for hours on end. Over time, their hips, knees, ankles, and other joints become worn out from the excessive cardiovascular activity they chose to partake. For others, it means getting ridiculously huge with unnecessary muscle trying to lift the most amount of weight. Over time, joints tend to wear out and cushioning of the vertebrae wear thin. For others, physique is the main concern, even at the expense of health. It is not uncommon for steroids, human growth hormones, and other illegal performance enhancing drugs to be used in an attempt to surpass what the natural body is allowed to do. Others think of their fitness as biking, or tennis, or some other sport. Once again, if they are not careful, injuries related to that sport can occur from overuse if that is the only thing implemented into a fitness routine. And then there’s the newer concept of hardcore training where every single session is built of “the hardest workout of your life” mentality. You may have heard or seen gyms that promote this style of training. Excessive taxing of the body can cause adrenal fatigue and excessive cortisol levels, which reap havoc on your hard earned fitness and health.
So, with all these variations of fitness, why is it that someone can’t find a way to become fit and more healthy? To answer this, I need to talk about sport and what it means. A sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Running events can be traced back to the Olympics or at least Greek mythology for the case for marathon running. Tennis, biking, and other areas are obviously sports watched by many. Crossfit is simply an offshoot of the Olympic lifts learned in college but could not be practiced once graduated from school. Powerlifting, popular in the 1970s and 80s, is an offshoot of strongman competitions. Strongmen use to be a part of the the traveling circus routine where they would show their impressive strength, indeed show-worthy as they were clumped in with the bizarre and freaks.
Firstly, a sport is something that is for entertainment. People pay money, place bets for and against, buy the overpriced food, and then consume the sport as it unfolds. We watch sports because we are entertained by people who have sacrificed everything in order to focus on their sport which they excel. They are able to accomplish great feats in the confine of their arena. However, how often have you heard about players, even the greatest players having trouble with gambling problems, extramarital affairs, bankruptcy, inability to hold normal conversations without aggression, depression, even murdering their wife….think O.J. Simpson? While they excel at a sport for a short period of time, the cost of sport eventually catches up.
In sport, there is a cost involved both physically, mentally, and a lot of times monetarily. Sport requires a person to push beyond what the human body is capable of doing for long periods of time. This is why you hear about so many injuries occurring in sports. How long of a career do most of the professional athletes have? Three, five years? Look at Muhammad Ali and costs he has endured to his health and well being.
Where am I heading with this? It has come to my attention that there are people who try to make fitness a sport, which can be very costly for people who are trying to get into better shape, improve their health, and look and feel better. A closed-minded view of fitness imitating sport may be fine for a short while, but over time, it will give a person the same nagging injuries and decreased health markers shown in people who actually play those sports. Mind you, professional athletes are getting paid millions of dollars to do that, so I get that. But, why would an average person, who doesn’t get paid to do such damage to their body want to train in a manner that will eventually cost them their health?
At Memphis Adventure Boot Camp, we follow these simple, but golden rules for fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle:
- Nutrition is the most important aspect to getting fit. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet.
- Maximum exercise benefit comes from to-the-point, usually brief, but intense exercise.
- Doing resistance training in various ways in a systemized way changing reps, time, focus maximizes adequate increased metabolism.
- Cardio cannot be excessive in order to be effective.
- Training should not consume your life and should allow time for play and things you enjoy doing.
- The most important reason to getting fit is to be healthy, do the things you love, and be with the people you love.
The last thing we want to do is to cause an overuse injury or create an environment that uses unnecessary competition that has no end result. Finding a balance to achieve great fitness results without having to be desperate in hopeless and unrealistic attempts is our goal. We want you to get the results of losing fat and inches, reversing disease, and most importantly, enjoy life without having to spend excessive hours in the gym. Using our principles, we have helped now thousands of people have a new understanding about fitness and health without having to sacrifice the thing that matters most, your time.
About the Author
Dexter Tenison, MSS, CFT is the owner of Memphis Adventure Boot Camp, voted Memphis’ Best Health Club. If you’re ready to begin your fat loss journey please call 901-214-5573 right now to receive a complimentary nutrition and fitness Consultation (valued at $97). If you’re not yet ready for our free consultation offer, please visit http://www.memphisadventurebootcamp.com/free-offer/ to instantly download a free report of Dexter sharing his “5 Tips to Supercharge Your Fat Loss”.