Physical Fitness

The four basic categories of physical fitness are:

  • Aerobic fitness
  • Muscular fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Weight control

If you begin to look at your body through the lenses of these categories, you’ll be able to apply the basic NSCL axioms for accomplishment to your health. Have another look at what we mean when talking about the NSCL axioms for accomplishment.

The basic NSCL axioms for accomplishment:

  • Changing X will likely cause change in Y
  • This change is asymmetric, a change in Y won’t budge X
  • This cause and effect is bound by time, Y does not occur before X

Now when most people first start looking at physical fitness after a lengthy time of couch-potatoing or other sedentary activities like office work, driving around in cars, and generally just plugging into modern society, they’ll do the right thing they need to in order to get fit.

BUT….

The Health-Fad phenomena two step

Step one, set a resolve to become more fit by doing exactly the best thing to get the job done. Decide to go exercise and start a diet.

Step two, more often than not lose your resolve because of any number of reasons and then stop doing anything.

Usually, if you’ve lost a few pounds and then got back into old habits, you gain the weight right back and then some. It’s the Yo-yo syndrome.

I really think the reason for this is what I call the health-fad phenomena. There are just way too many fad diets and exercise programs that are designed to do one thing better than helping you lose weight and get fit. That thing is make their promoters money.

To make matters worse the agencies that we’ve all been told to trust our health to, in particular our dietary health, have been usurped by pretty powerful lobby groups who are in the business of getting their agricultural backers poised to make monetary gain with what seems to be an endorsement of public agencies.

This is a long winded diatribe I know, but if you need to see proof of it have a look at the latest food guide pyramid. This totally information free system of dietary guidance has been called into question in an excellent book called “Eat Drink and Be Healthy” by Dr. Walter C. Willet of Harvard Medical School.

There are only a few books I recommend you read for your fitness, this is one of them.

The other is “Fitness and Health” by Brian J. Sharkey, PhD and Steven E. Gaskill, PhD.

Whenever this author, me, Dan, talks about nutrition, fitness, or exercise, I’ll have you know these two books are usually the source of at least the inspiration. Neither of these books are fads, and neither of them promote anything other than the healthy lifestyle choices contained in their pages.

How to start a health change for better physical fitness right now

The first change in X you must make is to realize that physical fitness isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle choice. That’s why “diets” don’t work. Once you stop the “special diet”, your done with it and you’re free to move right back into any bad habits you suspended during the diet.

So, simply put, your fist change is to look and realize that your lifestyle is where you need to look to make changes.

These changes absolutely do not need to be too radical, but simply choosing to purchase better food and putting some daily exercise into your life will do more wonders than you realize if you’re eating poorly and not exercising now.

Another excellent change in X you could do right now is get your hands on these two books and discover for yourself how they cut through the nonsense and get at the real stuff you need to know to get healthy and fit.