In January, most people try to improve some aspect of their physical health status. Whether it’s an official “resolution” or not, an effort to improve one’s health through exercise is something I endorse. I see an increase in the population at the Recreation Center at the beginning of the year but notice that it begins to fade a little come February.
Well, it’s another year. You know – new year, new me! I see that phrase everywhere. There are a ton of new faces at the gym or running around the neighborhood. You know our favorite food and pharmaceutical companies start placating to our new motivations to be slim and trim. How many weight-loss commercials do you see on a given day? How many magic pills (so they say…) are marketed to us? Yes, I know – TONS! The beginning of a year conjures up feelings of starting anew with the avid need to tackle all your goals.
Many affiliate exercise with stereotypical associations encouraged or identified by sciences and society. Science, gyms, disease risk, aesthetic appeal, health and wellness, medicine, and the like. Yet it is less than often that people look at exercise as achieving a higher level of thought. Yes, I am talking about exercise philosophy. Now, I’m not saying people do not think, or that achieving a higher perspective of the self has no been present in the likeness of yoga or tai chi, but society does not associate exercise with experiencing deep thought.
To get where you're going, you need to truly understand the tools available, how they work and how to use them. Here's a great article from Dan John about fat loss with minimal equipment: http://www.t-nation.com/training/maximal-fat-loss-minimal-equipment. The interesting point is that to maximize weight loss you need to use exercises that your body is not optimized for.
Probably during these extreme training or competition events you fill like you’re getting your value as an extreme conditioning enthusiast. This is likely very true on the short. However, extended activities in this range of intensity can deplete body recovery systems enough to intensify injury issues such as overuse injuries. Using periodization will allow for breaks to this intensity. Also, having physicals prior to engaging and reengaging the periods of the extreme conditioning will help identify possible negative effects.