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Analogies For Baseline Fitness

Analogies For Baseline Fitness

 
A very intelligent and articulate friend of mine explained health and fitness to me once. I asked him what he considered to be his reason for long-term success. He explained that those of us who choose to make our looks a priority (on whatever level) have a thermostat. Our perception of our looks is like the thermostat in the room. When it starts getting too hot, the thermostat picks up on that and the A/C kicks on. The same thing happens with our bodies. We decide on a subconscious level what we can can handle in terms of a physique and when we get disgusted, our A/C kicks on and we rev it up a bit to widdle ourselves back to "normal."

The key for our success is to raise our standard of what is acceptable as a baseline. Maybe we really like the temperature of the room to be 68 but we have settled for 72 as OK for way too long. In reality, its been over 80 and we've been dying.

The other strong analogy I like is that life is a buffet. At one end there are muffins, salad bar, pasta, soup etc... and they all taste pretty good and are readily available. At the far end is the prime rib, the fillet mignon, the "good stuff." For some people all they want out of life is the muffins and soups. They don't even have a reference for what the prime rib tastes like therefore they don't desire it. If you asked them how happy they were, they'd probably say a 9/10. Yet somebody that knew what prime rib tastes like and really liked it might only be a 5/10 in regards to happiness becuase he didn't want to wait in line for the "good stuff." There was too much in his way keeping him from getting the most happiness possible. Muffins and soups don't satisfy him, yet he fills up on them because its easier.
The same goes for our bodies. We might settle for a muffins and soup body, but if we know we are capable of fillet mignon, and can reference what it feels like to have such an elite body, we will never settle for less.

Once we have tasted a fit, healthy and balanced lifestyle, our mind has expanded and can never contract. We will always know we are capable of more. Therefore we must hold ourselves accountable to live life on that level. Our A/C should kick on sooner and we will help to avoid the wild swings in our mood and in our physiques.
Shaun Stuto D.C. is a Missoula Chiropractor and owner/founder of Transformation Chiropractic in addition to the DC Mastermind Group.

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