Sunday, October 28, 2007


You Too can be a Runt!

This should have been the motto of the aerobics movement. The only thing SURE to occur from running "LSD", or "long slow distance" as was advocated way back then in the early 1970's was:
  1. A huge reduction in muscle mass
  2. Injured joints and connective tissue
  3. A mistaken penchant for refined carbohydrates as "the ideal food" for health
As time has shown us, these prescriptions for health have been disastrous!

Since those halcyon days of the 1970's:

  1. heart disease has increased immensely
  2. joint problems are endemic
  3. nutritional ideas of health are disastrous

Before the 1970's, in America at least, and Europe, the ultimate goal of "health and fitness" would have been, in this order:
  1. strength
  2. health
  3. aesthetics, i.e. "how you look"
  4. "wind", i.e. "aerobics"
After the "Aerobics mania" the order would be:

  1. "wind/Aerobics"
  2. skinniness
  3. "wind"
  4. the goal of looking like an anorexic starvation victim/fashion model

If we were to return (as I believe we will, since we must!) to the time-honored paradigm of health, we would be far better off! Since the classical times of Greece and Rome, STRENGTH was the goal. And, if you achieve strength, (in the classical/vintage sense of achievement as was done in the pre-steroid/drug era), you automatically gain the other three legs of the fitness "stool"!

Work hard enough at strength using bodyweight style exercises such as push-ups, leg raises, "hindu" squats and push-ups, along with self-resisted isometrics, and you will automatically
also gain
the end results of health, aesthetics or beauty, and "wind"!

Aerobics threw the "baby out with the bath water". Aerobics are important, but probably the most automatic, and therefore the LEAST important aspect of fitness.

Do you want to be healthy, look good, and be truly fit?? Incidentally, you'll also have "good wind"....

If so, check back tomorrow. I will start you on your fitness journey:


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