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How to be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

How to be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

I love my couch. It is soft, and comfy, and just the right shape for both my dogs and my cat to snuggle over me like an extra blanket. After a long day of kicking ass with positivity, collapsing into my fort made of adorableness brings me a loving sense of euphoria. Every time I'm pretty sure I will never get back up, but that only feels so comfortable because I've spent the rest of my day being uncomfortable. It's the contrast of putting my body through stress and getting it sore that made the comfort so possible.

“But I don't want to be sore, or uncomfortable. It sounds painful, and I'd rather not be in pain.” I agree. I don't want to be in pain either. In fact our e-book “The Superhero Blueprint” discusses working to not have chronic pain and inflammation. However! I also say tough. Too bad. Tough noogies. Because while chronic pain can and should be thwarted, pain as a whole is going to happen whether you like it or not, and in some cases may be necessary.

In a mirrored universe where instead of kicking ass with positivity I spend most days on that same couch covered in the happiness that is puppies and kittens, it will feel decent for the first couple hours. After that my eating will be out of boredom rather than hunger. My food will taste bland and require oodles of extra salt, deep frying, and sugar in order to garner any kind of reaction. I will become tired from all my doing nothing. My butt will fall asleep, as will my hamstrings, and my ankles, which I won't notice until I try to stand up to use the bathroom. When I do stand up, or possibly even while I'm still stuck in the couch depending on how long it's been, I will notice that my joints are stiff, stuck, and fucking SORE.

No matter what you do, at some point, soreness will set in. That uncomfortable pain you want to avoid will exist either way. You can either put it to work or let it keep you from working. You can either use it to better yourself and improve your life, or it can take over your life and keep you from living.

What? Why? How?

Science SAID so that's how. Hahahaha puns.

Your body is a crazy, amazing, efficient machine. It is way smarter than you. It has to be in order to survive all the stupid shit we put it through. Your body has mechanisms built in that solely exist to fix stuff you fuck up. For example: there is a part of your sleep cycle that's sole job is to make sense of the things you sucked at today, and make you better at them. This is why you can end yo-yo practice frustrated and confused, and comeback the next day and kick ass at it. While you were unconscious your body found the missing links of yo yo stardom and put them together. 

Because of systems like this, your body readily adapts to the stimulus you give it.
This is known as the SAID (Specific Adaption to Imposed Demands) principle. Your body will adapt to its demands whether you choose to give it any or not. The way you sit, the way you stand, the way you walk, all play a part in how you body adapts. So if you spend most of your time in a fixed position at work, either standing or sitting, and spend most of your time in your favorite recliner at home, your body will adapt to those positions. When you move it will hurt because your body will have no idea how. The muscles in your legs, core, and back, that are supported by your chair, will have been turned off.

If you give your body demands to adapt to, it will. Putting demand on your body is by nature uncomfortable. In order for it to acknowledge and change from the provided stimulus, it must be more or different from what your body is used to. Part of the being uncomfortable will come in the form of being sore. So one way or another you will be uncomfortable and sore. The question is, is your body sore from adapting to your chair or is your body sore from adapting to exciting stimulus?

The choice is yours.

Athletic vs Aesthetic vs Healthy

Athletic vs Aesthetic vs Healthy

Today I want to do a little compare and contrast between athletic, aesthetic, and healthy. I want to do this because these things don't necessary go hand in hand, while some people may have all of the above it is just as easy to only be one of these things.

So lets start with athletic. What is an athletic body? Very simple it is a body that is trained and honed to do a specific task, often over and over, to a very high standard. That could be running, lifting large amount of weight, hitting a ball or even hitting another person. Athletic is probably the most specific goal you can have, not best but most specific. If you are training as an athlete, pro or for hobby, you are focused on getting your body to do one thing and getting it to do that thing better and better and better. Now getting your body to be a well oiled performance machine does not actually hit on any aesthetic of health goals. While sometime these things can go hand and hand, think Tom Brady or Venus Williams, having an aesthetically pleasing body does doesn't not come along with athletic training or enhance it, unless your sport is bodybuilding but that's another story. Prince Fielder, Dontari Poe, Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie Hall all have body's we would not think of as “Athletic.” In fact for most of us if we saw these men walking around in there street clothes we may even think, damn that guy need to hit the gym or go on a diet. But these man all have an athletic body type because they are all PRO ATHLETS. That what that means, they get their body to do something amazing and don't give a damn if it is healthy or if they look good. For all athletes their training, their diet, even how they recover is solely focused on their sport. This doesn't mean you can't have a sports hobby and be healthy at the same time or not to look to our athlete for inspiration, just know when you read about The Rocks 5,000 plus calorie diet that you are keeping his goals in mind so you have a clear perspective.

Ok Next is Aesthetic, lets face it this is what we all want and what drives most of us to the gym in the first place. The funny thing is how many people don't want to come right out and say it. I have so many clients that come to me saying they just want to be healthy but then only want to talk about losing weight. Or that they just want to feel good about themselves when secretly they are hoping I can give them visible abs. Now again you can be healthy and look great, and in fact I find that the mirror can be a good motivator for getting people to put in the work, nothing feels better then seeing your body take shape and lovely how you look. However there can be an ugly side to the aesthetic goal as well. Having an Instagram worth body does mean defecto health. There are many programs and system out there that will get you the aesthetically pleasing figure you want but it will come at the expense of your health.

Lastly we have health. This is always our many goal for our clients and ourselves but what does it really mean? For us health means not being in pain, being able to move comfortably, having sustained energy throughout your day, and having the strength to lift and carry things as your life demands, i.e. groceries or kids. In short health means being able to enjoy your life because your body is allowing you to live comfortably. Here is the kicker, you don't have to live like and athlete or look like an Instagram model to be healthy. You can be plump and soft, or tall and all sinew and still be super healthy. Health is about how you feel, how well this amazing machine we call a body is running then how you look.

So why am I going over these points? Whats the point? Am I just trying to make you feel bad for lusting over that six pack? Not at all, in fact if you want a six pack I can help you get that six pack. I just want you to see that difference between these things so we can have some clarity when setting your goals and making a plan to get there. Like I said at the start you can be some of or all of these things but be honest with yourself about what your true goals are and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there. We have about 3 month tell summer which means for most of us aesthetic is going to be our main goal, we want to rock that bikini. Now you can only focus on that, or you can focus on being healthy too. We can help you dial in a proper healthy nutrition plan and give you exercise that while helping your body to move more and better will also help you look your best. The same goes for athletic, I love programming for sport preformace it is super fun. But we are going to focus on not just making you the best but mobility and recovery work that make you a healthy athlete will a long career. Now as I said there are other ways, there are programs and shortcuts out there that will get you antithetic and aesthetic goals but at no concern for your health or even the stability or the result. If your goal is a six pack or run a 4 minute and that's all you care about damn the consequences will then more power too you my brother but we are not the right trainers for you. However if you have those same goals but want to take the time and discipline to do it in a healthy way, please give us a call, we can help with that.