In my mid-twenties, I found myself to a point that I was investing
zero time and effort on my body. Quitting soccer at the age of 15 I spent
several years of my life literally doing nothing or worse harming my body by
ingesting too much food, alcohol, drugs along with lack of activity. The
perfect cocktail for a total human decline.
That was the first time I felt ashamed to look at myself in the mirror. I became lazy and I had relentlessly let my body deteriorate for a lack of purpose in LIFE. At the same time my mind and spirit were declining as well.
I eventually forced myself to get to the gym and begin a path of physical healing first. I started to lift weights and exercise. Ever since it’s been an ongoing process of become a better person, my body started to change, I was forging a new man and raising myself from the ashes.
Most of us know that exercise is a fundamental component for our self-development and well-being. We all know that we should be active, strong, and efficient in our daily life. What does it actually mean and what type of exercise is best for us?
Definition of Exercise: “Exercise refers to a voluntary vigorous muscular exertion, performed with the intent of making a deep inroad in the body’s functional abilities in order to trigger a physiological adaptation within the system”.
Three basic requirements for exercise:
Safety is likely the most important factor to be considered in exercise application. Flawless technique should be the number one priority during every set and rep performed, performing the movements in a deliberate slow fashion is key to optimize muscle tension. Muscle tension leads to a deeper inroad in your muscular capabilities and better workouts. Also, a proper form will prevent you from injury – eliminate momentum, high speed movements, and sudden jerks. Doing so will reduce the unnecessary force on the joints and decrease the likelihood of potential injuries to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
Exercise, unlike recreational activities and sports, needs to be efficient in order to achieve positive mental and physical results. Intense muscular tension is what makes your workouts productive.
The percentage of muscular effort exerted per unit of time is the number one factor to consider when you want to efficiently develop more muscle mass, feel more energized, being more resilient, and slow down the aging process.
Recreational activities are the opposite of meaningful exercise. Playing soccer, for instance, while neglecting strength training, increases the likelihood of injuries due to uncontrolled and ballistic movements. Everyone would benefit to incorporate a weight training routine in their schedule 2 to 3 times per week.
Last but not least, it is fundamental to understand what type of
exercise program is going to give you specific results. Exercise needs to be purposeful
and intentional – lifting a weight from A to B, is very different from moving
the weight against the resistance by contracting your muscle fibers.
Consciously thinking about the movement, you perform and understand the WHY
behind the movement, will give you a completely different prospective.
Intentional exercise is NOT about jerking a weight up and letting it go
down at a faster speed, what you generally see at the gym. You can’t hope one
day you magically reap the benefits from such a mindless approach, is useless
and highly counterproductive.
High Intensity Training is one of the most productive and efficient way of exercise. The process of building dense muscle and strong bones is highly underestimate in our society but so important in order to keep us functional and live a fulfilled life. It’s never too late to start exercise and make the most out of your life!