Thursday, July 11, 2013

Free-Tip Tuesday Volume LII: More Is Not Better, Better Is Better

First, a bit of a milestone today as with volume LII, you now have one tip for each week of the entire year to implement in order in improve your quality of life!

It's often human nature, especially with Americans, that if some is good; more is better. The following link illustrates the error and dangerous repercussions that can arise from this misguided way of thinking.

In truth, quite often..... LESS IS MORE.

...."After completing only half of the first day of workouts, Lombardi said he woke up the next morning feeling sore and ill."

This is NOT what training is supposed to be. This is not 'better'. Yes, you should get out of your 'comfort zone' a bit yes, but that should be accompanied by measureable improvements and in strength, power, body composition, conditioning, and/or mobility/flexibility.

THAT IS what training us supposed to be. If none of these things are occurring, your approach needs adjusted. Period.

In short, PERFORMANCE reigns supreme.

Those aforementioned improvements are the things that make your day to day life easier, help you maintain your independence, help keep you away from doctors/surgeons, and just plain make you feel and look better.

Instead, far too often we see people recklessly pursue fitness by beating themselves into the ground 6 days a week. How's that been working out???

The subject of the article maintains he has 'always been in athlete' and didn't 'wander recklessly into the program', yet 'despite the pain, he decided to try day two of the program'. Apparently his definition of reckless and Webster's differ slightly.

Nope, just because someone is/was an athlete, they aren't necessarily knowledgeable on matters of health and fitness. Otherwise it would have been common sense to NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT performing day two.

Unfortunately, athletes are all to often whom people seek out for fitness advice. And all too often, this results in a negative outcome.

Qualified fitness professionals design training programs with built in progressions appropriate for both your starting point and end goals. It takes no skill to simply obliterate someone and beat them into the ground or make them 'tired' so they can 'really feel it'.

Sometimes, more is just......more. Make it better.

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