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a paradigm shift, it has to happen

Posted by Chad on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

"An important distinction has to be taken to heart. Health is not fitness, and fitness is not health.

In biology and anthropology, fitness bears a very special meaning related to the survival of a species. Fitness means reproductive fitness. For a species to survive, it must gain survival skills and then pass those skills on to its offspring. The genetic basis of our human fitness remains 99.7% just the same way it was 100,000 years ago. Key to successful fitness is the same today as it was long ago in ancestral times: nutrient dense food and physical activity. Both signal our genes to sequence or produce healthy, life bestowing proteins. Inactivity creates and  sends signals to the same genes resulting in unhealthy metabolic results. In other words, fitness amounts to living in respectful compliance with our genetic make up. Your life depends on living the life you were given!"

Written by Ken O'Neill

"Health is not fitness. Health is a medical term meaning absence of detectable disease. The key word is detectable. Early and acute degeneration is not tested for, hence not detected. Fitness prevents degeneration. Where “normal” health is a plus in medicine, it amounts to abnormal unfitness for Physical Culture  2.0. Evolutionary exercise physiologists recognize throughout our long history, our condition of fitness made us look like athletes. The pre-steroid era bodybuilders, power lifters, track and field athletes bear the look of a fit human being. The trouble with our modern standard is that what it regards as normal today is genetically abnormal and the basis of disease for humans: normal is abnormal. To gain a sense of what normal and fit meant to our ancestors, Greek art depicts their normal men and women looking like what we’d think of as fitness models and athletes today!"

Ken has added to the shift. 

Fitness is the ability to do a task.  Which task?  It's different for everyone.  Keep that in mind when you tell yourself "I want to be more fit."  Fit for what?  If you want to read what "fit" was, read this.  A book called "Manthropology"  that details what we as humans USED to be capable of!

Ken is intelligent, and always brings an interesting dynamic to the covnersation about strength and conditioning.  Read on!  More importantly though, keep moving!


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