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What is fitness

Our current worldviews are largely shaped by media, marketing, and capitalism, not by human nature and reality. We are bombarded with messages, images, sounds, sights and smells all telling us who to be, what to want, and most importantly, what to buy. Precious few of the signals that make it through this cacophony are actually aimed at the simple truth: being fit (or well) is the single most important thing we can do. It is a base from which we think, we create, we help, we serve, we play, we love, and we achieve. If our health and well being are not in a satisfactory state, then we cannot do any of those other things optimally. Too often people equate “Fitness” with a state of muscle building or sports performance, and those are aspects of fitness, but so is the ability to move well throughout our daily tasks, go for a walk of hike, and for some, walk up stairs without the handrail. The biggest factors that affect our fitness and health are: The quantity and quality of our sleep, the quantity and quality of our food, hydration, and finally the quantity and quality of our movement. This order is important, a lack of sleep causes stress that good diet cannot undo. A lack of good fuel and water leaves us in a state that no amount of training will overcome. A lack of movement leaves our body to decay and a host of other maladies. Fitness, simply put, is the ability to do the things we want to do. When it comes to physical fitness, many of our views are again shaped the commercialism that is designed to sell products, not necessarily optimized for the individual’s well being. We blame ourselves for not going to “gyms” full of machines that would bore a hamster, or for not wanting to “run” as a “fun” exercise. Really, for most, those things aren’t fun, and for most, they won’t meet the objective of becoming more fit for the tasks you carry out in your daily life, or to gain the fitness that would make that next adventure pain and worry free. What we need then is a system of training that balances strength, mobility, endurance, balance, coordination, and yes, fun. This is the starting point for Primal Fitness …

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