Hydra Movement: Strength is just the beginning!
What are your eating habits...are they supporting your lifestyle? Oops or should I say is your lifestyle supporting your eating habits?
Either way, I found that diet (i hate that word)/ what you eat is not the first thing you fix. If you are not moving, start moving. If you are training a little bit, train some more. When you start train more, you body will start demanding the right foods (as long as you know what they are). Then you make a start on the long hard road of fixing your diet (theres that word again).
I find the less I move or train, the more I want to eat junk (whether I have access to it or not is a different question - and abstinence here is no the solution). Abstinence (another word that I dislike very much) I believe leads to another problem - the constant fight against temptations.
If I am constantly fighting these temptations, they are going to haunt me forever. What are the chances that one day my ill-developed, scarcely used brain (I'm Indian - I know mine works for numbers) will fool me into believing that, say sugar, is all I need and its good for me (and yes , there will be no help from a psychologist designed marketing scheme to influence my brain here, yeah right!), then I will end up giving in to my temptations (weakness). That would be like I'm good at bicep curls, but shit at push ups...so fuck push ups (yes I'm talking to you..guy staring at himself in the mirror flexing)
So if temptations are basically weaknesses, why not treat them like one. When we train, all our focus is on building strength, addressing weaknesses and training our weaknesses out of our system so we can build a more complete 'body'. Now there a fair few many out there who treat this as 'lets keep training my strengths and no one will see my weaknesses'. I got news for you buddy - it will come back and bite you in the arse and its no love bite. I've been through it. Never trained my shoulders and back, just legs because the coach said you needed strong legs. Training back and shoulders is hard and who cares, a squash racquet weighs all of 130gm. Screw it! its legs again...and there you go - at the ripe old age of 23, i decimated my shoulder and had nothing but questions and regrets about the whole thing.
Ok tangent done!
Coming back to food, our choices affect our bodies immensely. You don't have to go far, just look in your family, extended family, neighbours, etc and theres ample evidence of the problems that surrounds us, oh i'm not talking about kellogs and mcdonalds! Nah Nah!
They're just companies doing what any business would do - sell for profit. What they sell, how they sell and to whom they sell is a discussion for another day, but at the end of the day all they are doing is selling. AND WE ARE BUYING!
So therein lies the problem. When you buy the shit that someone is selling, its not the seller's fault that you bought it. He wants you to buy it. He doesn't care about you, he wants your money, SIMPLE!
Now you, on the other hand, as a dumb uninformed buyer of crap, will blame the sun, the moon and the stars for this, because you know, its not your fault. If only they hadn't fooled me with their bright colours that made me happy so I bought the extra cheeseburger for the 15467th time. BLAH BLAH BLAH!
So you could just be weak and now suffering from (what I like to call with relation to training/ food/ general behaviour) S.C.S (Soft Cock Syndrome). We have all suffered from it at some stage, probably still do in some things. But this goes beyond that.
The human brain is regarded as arguably the most important organ in the body and it is for normal bodily functions.
For a long time scientists believed that once the a portion of your brain died (from a stroke, say) that was it. It was time to be taken to the outskirts and done away with. Then, they discovered neuroplasticity and that spawned the theory that the brain was obviously very 'plastic' and could rewire itself if it was taught how to and start performing at if not 100% at almost a 100% over time.
Wow! So the brain is just like any other part, we have to train it? No shit! You mean to tell me, I don't have to listen to my brain, I can tell what to do? YES you idiot, now shut up and listen!
The brain is plastic and this proves one major point - if we can teach our bodies how to move well and how not to, we can definitely do the same with our brains.
Ok another tangent done (apologies for these random tangents but i'm getting to the point)!
So how do I train my brain to not give in to temptations? Well its simple, do what you do with your body at the box. Just like how you turn up every day (for some 2-3 times/ day), you train your strengths, you address your weaknesses and train them, so you can get better at them and almost morph them into a strength. So now, go to the fridge, the pantry, the kitchen (wherever you store your food) look through it, find your weaknesses (junk / rubbish food), ask yourself honestly why you buy it or need it and if you cannot give yourself an honest answer, tell that brain to shut up and understand that 'that shit will kill you, literally!'
Once you do that, then comes the hard part maintaining that dominance on the brain. That strength is something, everyone strives to gain and they will forever be in the hunt for. The evil of temptation will still haunt you if all you're doing is hunting but not owning. Own the hunt, gain the strength, remove the weakness, come back even stronger tomorrow.
p.s. I eat paleo. I love it. it changed my life. it probably saved me from a fair few issues (got pretty good genes but you never know). if you haven't tried it, do it now. check our mark's daily apple for info
i love paleo mom...she's awesome. she makes everything look super tasty
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Anurag Gill is the Head Coach at HYDRA Movement in Moonee Ponds.