Monday, February 14, 2011

Only A Little Bit of the Right Thing Is Neccessary

The secret and magic of doing anything, is to identify the 5% of the effort, that produces 95% of the desired results -- and instead of going for the remaining 5% requiring 95% of the effort -- looking for the next 5% producing the 95%, as more than bountiful rewards for all one's time and efforts.

Therefore, hearing that someone is giving 110%, is not an indication of that ability to discriminate that which is most productive to pursue -- because a maximum benefit can only be 100% -- and that can never be achieved with any certainty. But if one can consistently achieve 95% on top of 95% -- time and again, that is far more than the best can hope for, while those thinking to get 101% will fall further and further behind with every subsequent effort until they are so disappointed, and frustrated, that they no longer even try.

That is also the world of reality -- that nobody approaches anything with absolute certainty, controls all the inputs, and manufactures all the outputs precisely and exactly each time -- so that there is in fact, an allowance for that uncertainty, and the ability to respond to the unanticipated, as much as with the expected/hoped for results and outcomes. This explains why those with the ability to handle different situations, are more "fit," than those who can handle only one thing -- and explode/implode when they don't go that way. There is no provision for failure, or the unexpected -- which is not fitness, but a certain prescription for failure, disappointment and extinction.

Knowing this, one would never "train to failure," or come even close, but would further increase their margin of reserve for the unexpected -- which also becomes one's recovery ability, or ability to handle sickness, injury and trauma as well -- instead of being chronically depleted, and even debited on those accounts. The best indication of this, in regards to exercise, is to determine at what level, daily exercise is sustainable and welcomed -- rather than avoided, because one is exhausted from those workouts -- and thus must take several days if not weeks, to recover from that exhaustion, depletion and often injury.

Not surprisingly then, one will realize that a very minimal amount of daily preconditioning, is sufficient for one to prepare oneself to perform the rest of one's normal activities and movements, at optimal efficiency and performance -- and not that extraneous activities and efforts, should now take over one's lifestyle -- and even become one's reason for being in itself.

That would be counterproductive -- but alluring to those lacking meaning and purpose otherwise. It rarely is the case that anybody does absolutely nothing from the moment they awake to the moment they go to sleep again, doing absolutely nothing. In fact, it would be rare to find such a person -- because most normal people have to get an adequate amount of activity just to provide for an acceptable level of maintenance for themselves, let alone the demands of most jobs. If nothing else, they would have to assure their employers or supervisors, that they were still alive at periodic intervals, to continue to collect their paychecks.

Yet many exercise "experts" think that the average person's activity levels drop so low, that the reason for a conditioning program, is to resuscitate themselves and get their hearts beating as though they had no idea that it is an autonomic function of the body that will be the last sign of life to dissipate, and is the least likely organ to be underperforming in their entire body.

Attention, rather, would more productively be directed to those areas that aren't performing so regularly and reliably, as the source of one's deconditioning
problems -- especially when they are so obvious at the most visible parts of the body -- which is the head (face), hands, and feet. To detect signs of that vibrancy and vitality, doesn't require one to jump up and run a few times around the block, or drop down for 100 pushups or situps, but is easily detectable to the discerning, who merely notice that range, and when it seems unduly restricted and limited.

Conversely, the quickest read of one in extraordinary health, is the obvious prodigy and vibrancy of such movements -- that seem to extend the range of movement and expectations for such movements that are distinctively described as the fine-motor control of the human body, that produces and expresses the highest attainments in every individual's life -- whether in art, music, athletics or thought (writing and speaking).

That fine-motor control, is what distinguishes the highest attainments and capabilities, and not just heart beat, which will always be the last thing to differentiate life from certain (absolute) death. Those proficiencies, also make life meaningful, and not simply prolonging the heart beat as long as possible -- whether anything recognizable as a normal, healthy responsiveness, has ceased and is no longer detectable. That is increasingly the problem of those who live extended lives but with no cognition or responsiveness to make it meaningful and recognizable to anybody else -- even if they always carry a heart monitor with them, and are overly concerned only with that functioning -- as the measure of one's greatest fitness and capabilities.


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