today I have to shift the schedule around for some meetings. while I enjoyed meditating and watching the sunrise, I find my brainstorm mind still lacking, so rather than lament the brain not firing like it usually does, I will completely screw up my circadian rhythm by exercising first thing in the morning. usually, my mind does fine in the morning, but the body is not a fan of wheezing and exerting a lot of energy first thing in the morning with exercise. it still amazes me that people think I really like to exercise.
the truth is it is something I have to do for the rest of my life to feel decent with the joints and all the efx of American football. if I don’t exercise, it is like one feels the body lose mobility and a sense of fluidity with motion. agility, speed, and strength go out the door rather quickly as you age but I found that moving a bit each day really is beneficial to your overall health. perhaps it was the last trip to Switzerland where I remember saying to someone, “oh yeah, the last half a year I put on weight traveling and working around the clock…”
little did I know how bad my health was in relation to what It normally is. it has taken me a few months of work to get back to where I want to be physically. it is like life sneaks up on you and one day you see what you are versus what your mind might think or perceive what it is. perhaps it is simply a common problem in the united states anymore. we have a plethora of calories available that are inexpensive and abundant.
in addition to this, we have also fine-tuned the distribution system for such calories with a myriad of choices for foods, where to get it, and the idea of a seeming societal grazing with snack and treats that you can easily ingest a day’s calories without really thinking with our sugar-laden drinks, chips and dips.
what is interesting today is that there is a giant market for supplements, gyms, spas, and fitness devices. on the later I read a research paper about the effectiveness of such things don’t work and were no more effective than people that did not wear them. the results didn’t surprise me. years ago I was looking at the idea of hyperbaric oxygen training and for the average person a 1% performance increase really doesn’t mean much. to a world-class athlete – that 1% is a great deal.
I have been fascinated with the devices but will confess I never wore one. the reason is that for the exercise I do, the heart rate monitors simply don’t have the speed and variance for bursts. I still use the old cheap heart rate strap to simply monitor heart rate and time. while I love that one can program all the devices and workouts with music and things – I found that in the market, there is a giant lack of really talented and gifted coaches and teachers – and a whole lot of products and people all too happy to sell them to you in the name of health – that probably really don’t help you all that much for the cost.
if you are a competitive athlete, all of the techniques and ideas to get an edge will probably help you get more benefits than the average person that just wants to gain decent health. I still chuckle at the high-intensity training ideas today – they aren’t new – it is just that perhaps the mass market is doing them. a part of me wonders why some people do CrossFit and things like this, or spin classes can’t take the time to mix the audio with the speed cadence needed for a routine.
maybe that is my issue with fitness? if you use the tools and understand why you are using them. they become a valuable tool. if you are wearing them because a friend on social media got one and you felt you needed to get one…I doubt the thing will work well for you in the long term.
I forget the statistics for gym memberships and having people actually attend over time. a friend of mine built gyms and I was amazed what he made just setting them up and selling them turnkey to other buyers. the same probably is true for the various exercise equipment and all the data and analysis you have with them. while we have had amazing success using the techniques and monitors for plant growth and healthy crops…we are applying some of it to humans because a common thing I hear is people say, “I am too busy” to make some time for their mental, spiritual or physical bodies.
“I am too busy!” or “I don’t have time”
it is really amazing how much more time you make for yourself, your day and your overall health by developing a habit to spend a little time each day taking care of yourself. it is a phenomenon I do not understand, and one that is much like the controlled environment rooms we are working on for human health.
people don’t want to hear that there is no magic pill or a surrogate they can hire to improve their own health and that the actual process is rather rudimentary and needs no fancy devices, supplements and equipment. you just need to move each day and eat less than you burn off, and then take 30-90 days to make the ideas a habit. it might take 1-2 years before your body fully adapts to the change and you see the really great benefits to you…and there lay the problem with our ever-increasing instant gratification society of the developed world.
enough finger exercise. today, I will be in the gym when it opens. it will seem very odd versus when I normally go at a time where circadian rhythms are best.
there is one odd thing about getting older, you don’t need to spend anywhere near the time to maintain a healthy body as when you were an athlete. perhaps this is the one element I found amazing when I hear “I don’t have time” from people. the truth is you really don’t need a lot of time each day to dramatically improve your health. I do underatnd how easy it is to say, “I will get work out another day.” one day, leads to another missed day – one pound gained leads to another pound and then one day you go, “woah, how did that happen?”
it amazes me how long it takes to get those pounds off.