Is too much of one thing a good thing?
Quote: "Too much of anything could destroy you, Simon thought. Too much darkness could kill, but too much light could blind." - Cassandra Clare,
Well, there are pros and cons too this issue. The story I am going to write here is how too much of one thing can be detrimental in health and fitness and how it relates to life as well.
When I was 19 years old I started doing strength training to supplement my martial arts training. My goal was to increase my body mass from 65 kgs to 82 kilograms. But a funny thing happened, I wanted to see how far I could go. I was obsessed with getting bigger and stronger.
So on I went and eventually I reached 112kgs ten years later. I was big and strong, but had neglected other forms of fitness training. I was getting older and my focus in training started to change. No longer was I concerned with getting bigger and stronger. I got to a stage in life where my priorities became health and longevity. So I read up on other forms of effective training such as Kettlebells, Bodyweight, Military Combatives and Tai Chi.
Introducing Myself to different forms of Training
Kettlebells were a great, because it represented a dynamic way of training by moving weights in all three dimensions made famous by the Soviets/Russians. Bodyweight Training is seen as a fantastic way to get in shape, convenient and required no equipment and has been used with success by the military.
Military Combatives as practiced by the Todd Group in New Zealand is seen as an excellent form of Self Defence that is practical, easy to learn and has been proven to work from the time of the Shanghai Municipal Police Force in early 20th century China to the streets and battlefields of today.
Tai Chi has been around for around four hundred years and is seen as a great way to improve health by managing stress, improving balance and strength in the legs. In other words I have variety using proven forms of exercise that our forebears used with success in the past. The best if the past, west and east combined for the modern age we live in.
So you’re probably wondering, how does this relate to life?
In your job you may have done the same role very well for the same company for say 10 years. You have a steady pay check life is good, but you’re bored. Are you happy to keep plodding along or do you want to learn something new? Many of us are guilty of doing this in the workplace, but the thought of change and leaving the security blanket scares us from trying something new and different. A suggestion to counter this is to talk to your boss about wanting trying a new role as a bigger challenge that will help make you an asset to the company you work for.
During the last 15 years of your life, you only see the same scenery and people. Once a year it feels like ground hog day as you go on your annual journey to see the same places and the same people. How would you relieve yourself of this monotony and rejuvenate yourself? A suggestion would be to join a new society or sports club to meet different people. Another suggestion would be to save some money and go on an overseas trip to a place you have never been to before. At the end of the day, we all need a bit of variety in our lives.
What you will Learn
Don’t get stuck in a rut where you feel life and work has to be ground hog day. Take the initiative to explore by meeting new people, try a different activity or travel overseas to see a different culture and way of life.
When it comes to training, once you have a sound base, try other forms of training to challenge your body to adapt and prepare yourself to learn something new. In other words, life doesn’t have to boring, go out and explore and have some fun.