Project Manages Your Fitness

June 22, 2022 0 Comments

In my previous article society is aging us prematurely, I pointed out that if you do not want to follow the masses on a path to early aging, reduced body capacity, and chronic health-issue, you have to take a different path from the rest of society. Exercise is the key to staying fit and healthy your whole life, and there’s an army of health and fitness professionals ready to help you with your goals, so it should be easy, right? Unfortunately, the fitness industry, like the company itself, is a little down. There are a lot of professionals with the necessary skills, but the way things are going, the system just doesn’t work as well as it should.

I will tell about my own experiences to reveal what, in my opinion, are the main problems, and then we will hear about Eric Pawlikowski, a personal trainer with whom I have achieved good results in getting the insider’s point of view.

The problem with short-term thinking

When I started training, I didn’t think much about staying in shape all my life. Everything I was doing was about short-term goals, and I wasn’t interested in what might happen to me if I turned 40, let alone more than that. I think it’s common for young matures to feel like that.

My training has changed with age, but always in an Adhoc way. From time to time, new exercise trends have appeared, and I have tried a few and maybe added them to my repertoire if I thought they would help my current goal or if I liked them by chance. What I was doing or not doing didn’t really matter; my body just seemed to handle it and keep driving.

Other people in their twenties were the same, and I can see that nothing has really changed. You will look at the recent exercise illusions that exist, be it martial arts, team sports, running, Crossfit, etc. If you take an exercise-related health issue and consult a physiotherapist, some of what you are told will be included in the mix. Maybe you will have a series of sessions with a personal trainer, or read fitness articles, and this will add to the other influences on your training, but during all this, there will be no coherent long-term plan. It seems inconsequential at first, but the older we get, the more this Adhoc training starts to catch up with us.

Every time we engage in an activity hard enough and long enough, we adapt to it, and this adaptation leads to muscle imbalances. Sometimes they can balance themselves; like a tipsy driving a car, they may not be holding a straight line, but if every evasive maneuver on one side is countered by an evasive maneuver on the other, they should at least stay on the road.

But more often the effects are cumulative, and at some point, a breaking point is reached; health-issue begins to accumulate, and everything becomes harder than before. For many people, this coincides with crossing an age limit; they blame their age for their condition, and society supports them. The majority move away from active life at that time, and the few who persist often continue arbitrarily and can eventually move on to other activities that they can still carry out.

In my matter, the result of all my pseudo-random workouts was a seized hip and a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis, and it was this surprise that finally taught me that training is not sustainable without a well-thought-out Long-term Plan. If this awareness is shared by the health and fitness industry, there is no sign of that.

A renovation project that will last a lifetime

If you compare a body unbalanced by random training and lifestyle choices to a house affected by poorly planned extensions, modifications, and repairs, you are now faced with what is called a large renovation project. This is a popular topic for TV programs, and everyone agrees that you can not carry out such a project without at least seeking professional help. Your house has gone from a well-understood and regulatory-compliant new construction to an outdated and unique Variant that requires specialized attention. In addition, this attention should be better managed accurately, otherwise, you will burn your Budget, and your house still needs to be repaired.

Similarly, few people are able to correct mid-word and imbalances for 30 years or more without professional help. As for craftsmen, this help will come from people with special skills and abilities and must be carefully driven by projects in order to achieve a consistent and desirable result.

This is exactly what I tried to do when I consulted specialists to solve my own imbalances. What I went through was repeated by people from all over the world who contacted me after buying my self-help book on osteoarthritis. My intervention was largely ignored; the professionals insisted on returning to the first place, slowly discovering the things I already knew and had tried to tell. When they finally caught up with me, they proved unable to get things done because my Situation was too far from the simple, frequent matters for which they were equipped.

In short, professionals do not like project management and they target their solutions for the most common matters. Your first instinct is to take control and work through things in your own, well-trained way; if your matter is something extraordinary, it is unlikely to give you the desired solution. Now all this is quite understandable, even forgivable because with limited resources it makes sense to focus on solutions that have the widest application. Yet this is little comfort to those who have raised their hopes with confident promises, who pay their money and come away painfully disappointed.

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