Physical Freedom 69/365 - 20220313

As part of my job, due to the online circles I tend to move in, and within my friendship group, I end up discussing health and fitness a LOT. To say it borders on an obsession would not be overstating things. I don't see these conversations as work in a lot of cases, because I'm discussing things I'm truly passionate about and have a deep interest in learning more about. A common theme these conversations seem to have with people of a more recreational or occasional relationship with fitness tends to be the extreme nature of my training. This is not something I write casually after one or two recent chats, rather it is the very reason for starting this blog. You see, for pretty much anyone who is in good health, and has been training for a couple of years or more, what I do is far from extreme. In fact, I practice almost entirely what I preach - excluding the times where I give into my weak, human side, and the crazy challenges I take on, but more on those in a moment - both in regards to training, and nutrition. My goal is that it's practical, easily fits into a busy life, is on the whole enjoyable, and gives me the results I seek; increased fitness, reduced risk and experience of injury and measurable performance.

What I do, which I believe many people come to see as extreme, is maximise my workouts. By this I mean a few things; I include a very broad range of movements in my training, I often use high intensity, I deliberately take on high-skill movements, I squeeze 10-20 minute short bursts of work in, I move on "rest" days and throw in stretches, challenges or skill work in the moments it takes to run a bath, or breaks from typing on the screen of death. I don't weigh or measure food, and my recipes, if one could call them that, ordinarily take 10-15 minutes to cook, use a single pan, and consist of merely heating food up. My training takes an hour per day, very occasionally longer, 6 or 7 days most weeks. My food shopping and preparation is an hour per week. I don't consider this extreme in any sense, rather efficient. It's my belief though, that largely through the over-commercialisation of the fitness (most of which has nothing to do with fitness at all, but that's a whole other post) industry to market unnecessary machines, devices, gadgets and supplements to the general public, that what I do looks odd to the uninformed. This effect is compounded by the plethora of fitness influencers and even so-called experts that plague social and conventional media platforms alike, where the emphasis is far more on appealing to the demographic of the platform for popularity, reach and ultimately sales, rather than informing them.