Friday, May 28, 2010

"Time" is the Limiting Factor

People who are fond of recommending that everyone should get several hours of strenuous activity every -- or at least every other day, usually have no experience working with real people, and that is the reason and justification, why they themselves have no time for it -- but intend to get around to it at their first opportunity in life, which they expect to do sometime after retirement, and even beyond. In short, if that is what it takes to get into shape, they'd rather be dead -- rather than dying every day, and living in constant pain and duress.

You wonder what kind of people would prescribe such a high drain/stress program, so that one always lives under this burden of guilt and obsessive-compulsion that one can never do enough because the bar for satisfactory compliance, is always set out of reach -- as some kind of cruel motivation technique by those who have no understanding of the differences between realities and wishful thinking.

Of course if one could run a marathon once, or lift one's bodyweight overhead once in one's lifetime, that would signify a major lifetime achievement, but then someone is certain to come along and demand that that is now the minimum new expectation, rather than the exception, and think they have improved the lot of well-being for everyone, instead of creating untold, unnecessary misery for countless generations.

That is pretty much what the fitness industry does -- as their public service, rather than actually creating well-being and fitness. It's like the tactics of similar "professionals" who tell us that after taking a class from them, we'll then require even more education classes, or more legal advice and services -- rather than less. Certainly we wouldn't go to a health care professional who assured us they would be a constant and necessary support to our daily lives -- for the rest of our lives.

And neither should that be a requirement of services of any kind -- including the information services of the past, which we now see languishing as the old media pipeline of information -- usually to create a obsessive-compulsive need for even more and evermore information, that they would like you to believe they are the exclusive sources of. Even the universities used to make those claims -- but they fell victim to their even more archaic academic style of language, which was even the reason for the rise of the mass media in its time. But then they became overwhelmed and victims of their own jargon and desire to remain permanently at the tollgates to the information storehouses they claimed to steward.

But life itself, and reality, is information -- and one can learn directly from it, as even scholars and researchers had to. Only in the academic tradition, was it possible to lay claim to never learning directly from phenomena, but from the "knowledge" of what somebody knew previously -- and build on that. That will always lead one far astray from the realities we hope to understand -- although it is quite possible, to understand only that knowledge, divorced from that and any realities. That has always been the danger of "education," and particularly the formal education which is the socialization/indoctrination of every community and society.

But always alongside the development and entrenchment of such hierarchies and institutions, are a few pointing this divergence from the actualities of our existence as the explanation for why so called "solutions," only seem to require more of the solution -- infinitely, and not the cessation of the original problem, which is the proper understanding of it.

The One-Minute Revolution

Since time is always the excuse for not being able to get into a fitness program, it should be obvious to instructors, that the easiest and minimally invasive way to do so, would be the lowering of the barriers to such a participation and involvement, that ensures movement throughout every part of the body -- which would be the turning of the head in a 360 degree rotation. If one simply does that, he has already done much more of beneficial and healthful movement than anything else he can do -- while not producing any apparent head movement, including miles and hours of running and biking -- in which the head stays pretty much stationary throughout the entire course of activity, no matter how strenuously and fast the heart is beating to effect a greater flow that can only be effected by the actual changing of muscular states of the muscles in the neck, moving from fullest contraction and relaxation. A fixed tension in any state, does not enhance that flow as effectively and actually impedes that flow -- because it is the varying hydraulic pressures within the vessels, that cause the circulatory effect -- in conjunction with the heart that is always beating incessantly and necessarily.

But it is only in the heightened fullest contractions of these muscles directly, that one observes obvious and impressive muscle growth -- as the antidote to the atrophying of the muscles indicating the aging effect. When muscles atrophy, the skin seems to sag because of the absence of this underlying supportive musculature, which many people then fill in with Botox, to restore that fullness. The better approach would be to maintain and develop muscle growth -- which is only possible done with the proper engagement and articulation of the muscles directly involved in contraction and relaxation -- no matter how hard or fast the heart is beating otherwise!

It just doesn't happen otherwise, and is responsible for the effect that most so-called endurance athletes, have an atrophied musculature rather than the more visible and impressive one of athletes who must produce these vigorous and full contractions -- like the sprinters of that same activity. But it is not the explosiveness or the speed that is often attributed to producing such effects -- which can also be achieved with slower and deliberate full contractions that eliminate the possibility of danger from such speed and momentum.

As my good friend Dr. Ken Leistner (High-Intensity Training) described that style I recommended as "tai-chi with weights," the better description, is to find out what position the body(part) is in, in which the muscles must be contracted, and moving in and out of that position -- not because of effort or resistance, but because of that understanding, that nothing else is possible in that position -- but to fully actualize the limits of its expression and development in doing so.

The Five-Minute Transformation

Once one understands this cause and effect, producing this effect throughout the body, can be accomplished within a
maximum of five minutes of well-designed (ingenious) movements -- and not the hours usually prescribed by those who have no idea what they're trying to accomplish but to burn (waste) as much energy and time possible, as though that alone had a magical effect -- though by what direct process, they don't know but to repeat the same affirmations they've seen repeated everywhere else, by countless others who also have no idea that there should be a direct connection between what one "knows," and an actual underlying reality.

It is just enough that they know what everybody knows -- and think that is the limits to all that
can be known.


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