Out of the two words, health seems to suffer the most dissent, followed closely by fitness. There is something innate in most people that makes them chafe at the very thought of improving their health, as if improved heart and lung function, ease of movement, and feeling energized were negative things and any suggestion of maybe striving to reach a level beyond average general fitness is met with open hostility.
I told myself I wouldn’t write any more articles of this nature, but I can’t help myself, because even though for the most part they fall on blind eyes, I feel compelled to reach at least one person who needs this and save them from a later life of needless sickness and infirmity, a victim of their neglect and abuse, trapped in a body that no longer functions, only existing instead of actively living in the rest of their lives.
Pick anything else in your life that if you could afford it you would decide against having the best. We want the nicest car we can get, the biggest, most beautiful house, the most powerful home entertainment system, the highest level of social status, the largest salary, the highest degree of financial security, the lists can go on forever.
There is no one that wouldn’t freak out if they came out to get in their lamborghini and found a dent or neglected its upkeep so that it ran poorly, lacking power and was pitted with rust holes. Neither would we ignore the bottom of our luxury yacht and just keep cruising as the hull slowly rotted away, unconcerned that one day we would sink in deep water from neglect and lose everything, even our lives.
You might say “I would never neglect or abuse something so valuable, that would be foolish.” Well guess what, you do neglect and abuse something so valuable, more valuable than the biggest mansion, the most expensive car, or any other material possession you place on a pedestal. Possessions, wealth, and social status are worthless compared to your health because without good health you cannot enjoy anything, all your attention is turned to how crummy you feel and how limited you are by your own body in its ability to accomplish even the most basic function without pain, fatigue, and infirmity.
If you were to pull away at a traffic light in a highly populated area of town and your high dollar sports car lurched, sputtered, and stalled you would be embarrassed and seek out a mechanic promptly, yet as your level of fitness becomes detuned you ignore it, readily letting it slide not realizing that even though you are only a little more tired or a little less able to move easily that with time all those little losses will add up to one big loss.
Just as letting the maintenance lapse on a car capable of near two hundred miles per hour will eventually reduce it to a belching, coughing, under powered jalopy performing well under its designed capabilities that will some day fail to start and be unreasonably expensive to repair, so to your body.
As most people cruise over deep water, even though for the time being everything seems to be functioning adequately, their hull is rotting. The hull is your health, the motor, rudder, and other functions that empower the crafts mobility, maneuverability, and speed are your fitness, and the water is the corrosive toxins of bad diet and wear and tear of abuse and neglect.
So as your hull rots, water enters inside, lowering your level above the waterline, causing more drag, slowing you down while destroying everything it touches until it finally enters the inboard motor, flooding it with water that corrodes the internal moving parts causing friction and engine failure and there you sit miles from shore as you quickly fill with water and are pulled to the bottom.
It seems people are programed for self destruction, they will willingly hand over fists full of money to swallow death dealing amounts of fast food, to ingest or inject dangerous illegal hard drugs, to drink high levels of alcohol but balk over spending even the most meager amount on improving their health and fitness, putting absolutely no value in the investment of bettering their quality of life.
Probably no one will read this article, most of all those who need it the most and even those interested in bodybuilding, skipping over it for tips on bigger arms or more muscle size, thinking only in the shallow surface realm of appearance, not realizing you need good health to have a high level of fitness to attain and keep bigger arms and more muscle size.
Try to think in the future tense of the big picture, you start out building a high level of health and fitness along with size and strength, because as the years go by your size and strength will diminish, but your health and fitness level will remain.
Don’t get me wrong, strive for the highest level of size, strength, and complete physique development you can attain and hold it for as long as you can, but when it starts to slide a little in old age you will still be active, agile, mobile, flexible, alert, vigorous, fit, and healthy. Buy into health and fitness, you won’t regret it.
My name is Steve Sawyer, I am a certified personal trainer and I have been involved in the field of natural bodybuilding, health, and fitness for over 30 years. I have written hundreds of training programs for any number of physical goals ranging from losing weight and getting toned up to making serious gains in muscle size, and strength. I have an in depth knowledge of the inner working of how the body responds to training stimulus, extensive knowledge of kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy and how they apply to exercise selection and performance. I have conducted exhaustive research and experimentation on any number of training programs, principles, styles, splits, philosophies, contradictions, psychological aspects as well as variations in hand and foot placement, angle of pull, body positioning, order of exercises and muscle groups, specific spot emphasis within a muscle or muscle group to attain balance and symmetry, troubleshooting problems in training stubborn muscle groups, mental blocks, and diet. Besides this I have built numerous exercise machines including power racks, smith machines, 45 degree leg presses, hack squats, high/low pulley machines, lat towers as well as a few multifunction home gym machines. I have also invented unique exercises and variations of exercises to hit areas of muscle that remained unaffected by conventional approaches due to body structure deviations in angle of pull and skeletal/muscular leverage. I am available for one on one training to help you reach your goals.