Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Secret of Health in Longevity

If you're in the habit of overtraining, the body will want to take as much time off to recover as possible -- until eventually, it just doesn't want to overtrain at all anymore. And the solution for that, is not more overtraining -- but creating a brief routine that one will always do daily because one never overtrains and exhausts their recovery ability -- which is an increasing problem as one ages.

Surprisingly, that only takes about 5 minutes daily -- to fully articulate all 600-800 muscles of the body, if one initiates that movement at the extremities of the head, hands and feet -- that all connect and contract back to the center of all the muscular structures at approximately the heart. But generally, most exercise programs move anything and everything but the head, hands and feet -- and thus are ineffective at accomplishing and articulating that efficiency and economy of motion, but instead, conditions the body to move as inefficiently and uneconomically as possible in the misguided rationalization that such movements burn more calories -- because they are inefficient and require the most calories.

World-class athletes are always the most efficient in movement at their respective activities -- and not the most inefficient -- for no good purpose and effect. So essentially, the entire thrust of conventional fitness programs is totally misguided -- to actually produce injuries and dysfunction. We go to performances, to witness the difficult made easy, effortless and joyful -- and not every movement to be painful, laborious and requiring increasingly more effort -- which is the conditioning and education of the schools, gyms and other institutions -- with the predictable result, that the more energy and time people put into them, the less they get back in results. And that is deliberate -- as though that was an intelligent thing to do, or how one wanted to manifest their fitness.

That is why most older adults are out of condition, or never engage in "exercise" anymore -- with the predictable disastrous effects, and so they have no way of reversing the deteriorative process -- because they think the only way to do it, is to overtrain, recover -- and then stop entirely.

So even prescriptions for exercise among the elderly, is essentially the same as for the young people -- to do 30-60 minutes of overtraining 3-5 times a week, instead of the tolerable every day for 5 minutes that can accomplish those articulations fully if they are well thought out. In this manner, one can continue exercising every day of their lives to the last -- while maintaining improvement because they never overtrain and exhaust their decreasing recovery ability.

I'm one of the few people over 60 who is essentially in the same condition I was at 20 -- because I realized that the limiting factor was the decreasing recovery ability as one aged -- that one has to adapt to, instead of what most athletes/exercisers stubbornly insist on throughout life, of forcing the recovery ability to adapt to their workloads -- which will not happen, as though wishful thinking made it so.

When one understands that limit and relationship throughout life, one can maintain optimal condition and conditioning throughout life -- with minimal effort, discomfort and injury -- and one is always in condition, rather than the yo-yo pattern of overtraining and stopping completely 2-3 times a week, that then becomes 2-3 weeks at a time, and then one falls out of it completely -- as many former great athletes do, or like Arnold and Jack Lalanne, don't maintain the condition they formerly did -- despite still exercising as much.

So the key is, how can one look like one is in top condition -- even if one doesn't do as much to attain or maintain it, which is the deteriorative process -- of exceeding their recovery ability. A lot of people think that in order to build muscles, resistance is necessary, rather than that the alternation of the contraction with relaxation itself, is a pumping effect that increases the circulation to that area -- particularly important to maintaining the vital sensory organs located in the head, hands and feet -- which is the weakness of the human body that doesn't actively engage them as the focus of a movement strategy.

When the human body breaks down, it is at the extremities of the head, hands and feet -- and not at the core, where the circulation is already adequate. That is the problem of Alzheimer's, diabetes, congestive heart failure, arthritis, etc.


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