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just jump…momentum will do the rest

File 06-03-2016, 17 12 12Greetings good folks. I hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday. I’ve been out in the garden lifting and digging (functional fitness at it’s best). I’m pretty excited to get the fitness hacker blog up and running. I figure this is going to be a work in progress so I might as well get going. If I wait until I have everything perfectly planned, I’ll never start.

And that’s the hard part isn’t? Getting started, whether it’s a new fitness routine, or new healthy eating plan, or a new blog, starting is the hard the part.

For me, I find it best to just jump right in, sort of the old sink or swim mentality. The first time I adopted that kind of mindset, I was literally facing a sink or swim scenario. It was during my Plebe year at West Point. Every cadet has to be able to pass the combat survival swim test, which consists of jumping off of a 10 meter board in full combat gear, building a floatation device out of your trousers, treading water for 10 minutes, and swimming 100 meters. I’m not that good a swimmer. So all of this was daunting. I remember standing on the 10 meter board looking down and being afraid to move. Then a little voice in my head said, just jump, momentum will do the rest. From then on, I’ve approached everything with that same mentality…just jump and figure out the rest as I go along.

Which brings me to this blog…

“The most important thing for people to do is move – any way, and how – and integrate physical activity into their life on an ongoing basis.” – John Durant

The ethos of fitness hacker is to encourage people to move again, to get their bodies in motion in a meaningful, functional way supplemented with time in the gym doing strength training (although there is a school of thought out there that says you can get strong just from bodyweight exercises and therefore no need to even go to a gym…I happen to love the gym environment (in a gladiatorial kind of way) so will continue to have it as the central focus of my fitness regime.) I do dig lo-fi training like bodyweight, sandbags, kettle-bells or even just logs and rocks.  Regardless of what method, my main criteria is that it has to be fun (otherwise, what’s the point?!)

I’ve been working my way through John Durant’s book, Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
, and it has really sparked some interesting ideas for me to incorporate into my lifestyle and this blog. I want to spend some time digesting (pardon the pun) his research and thoughts on “Why are humans the way we are?” Especially in the way of our biology. For instance, why are our teeth shaped the way they are – and what does that say about the human diet? I can’t count the number of arguments I’ve had with vegetarians and vegans, especially the ones who moralise about why we shouldn’t eat meat. It drives me nuts. I always ask them the question, if nature didn’t intend for us to eat meat, then why design our bodies to in fact eat meat? But, let’s not get into that debate here. I want to understand, biologically, why are we the way we are?What should our diet consist of? And what is the best way for use train and use our bodies? I want to understand the blueprint of our bodies and through that, I understand our humanity.

The main thrust of this blog is fitness. I’m a physical guy. I love being physical. It’s what turns me own. It’s my passion. But I have come to realise that the battle of fitness is won through nutrition (even more so now that I’m an ‘old man’). What we fill our bodies with for fuel and wellbeing, affects our physical fitness. With that said, I’ll also blog here about nutrition…mainly in the Paleo tradition, and about health stuff as it relates to biohacking.

I’ll also be blogging about outdoor adventure fitness, fitness tech, and the Quantified Self. Plus a friendly dose of motivation and positivity to keep the mind sharp and focused on becoming the best version of oneself.

Peace,

Clay

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