We almost always, for simplicity purposes, focus our attention on one or two single factors of the human body.  Calories-in versus calories-out, muscle length, VO2max, etc.  This is absolutely necessary, because the body is such a complex system we will get bogged down in information and go into a sort of data paralysis.

Let me give you an example.  From a purely calore-in calorie-out stand point, eating a low-fat diet and running on a treadmill for 60 minutes a day makes sense.  But as soon as we introduce another factor into the equation, the hormone insulin for example, this equation falls apart.  How can we lose weight if the hormone responsible for storing fat is constantly being signaled?  But health and fitness are not just about fat lose.  What about joint health?  Pounding the pavement for 60 minutes a day doesn’t sound great for your joint health, especially if your running mechanics are poor or your mobility restricts you (whoops, two more factors!).  What about diet?  Eating a low-fat diet, by default, has you constantly eating pro-inflammatory foods that inhibit your ability to recover from long or intense workouts, which in turn can feedback into your insulin, causing you to increase your fat storage.  Your head spinning yet?  Mine is from writing this.

So what’s the solution?  Prioritize!  Address the factors that will have the greatest impact on your health and fitness.  This means eat quality food, use movements in your workouts that will improve you flexibility, focus on your mechanics, workout with relative intensity, and drink lots of water.

Respect the complex system that is your body.  There are relationships between different factors that seem ridiculous or unlikely (for example the relationship between your water intake and your mobility) that could be the solution to your problem.


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