(Re)Defining Fitness – The Basic Capabilities

Has to…

  • play multiple channels.
  • be capable of swaping from one channel to another.
  • have volume control.
  • have remote control capability.
  • have color/contrast adjustment capability.
  • be portable.
  • last for 3-4 years.
  • produce picture of good quality without streaks.
  • be cable ready.

These are what you expect from a machine called Television. I’m not talking about LCD/HD/Flatscreen TVs. I’m talking about the oh-so-common run-of-the-mill 24″ color TV that anyone in almost any country can afford today. It is an idiot box for which you pay a very modest amount of money and you still expect it to perform at a certain level. Why? Because it is ‘meant to’ perform at that level! It was designed with these features and it needs to live up to the design. If it doesn’t… well then its just a piece of junk!

Now your body is a machine too. Albeit, a much more complex, a much more valuable and a MUCH MUCH more capable machine. So what is your machine capable of?

Can you…

  • squat till your butt touches the floor?
  • run fast as you laugh your ass off?
  • jump around for hours without getting exhausted?
  • go for long hours with even thinking about food?
  • roll?
  • sleep like you’ve been hit by a log?
  • carry a 40-lb backpack and walk miles?
  • climb a tree?

Well, these are things every 8 yr old can do! And guess what… you were able to do every single one of these things when you were 8 yrs old! What about the adult version? Can you…

  • jump over a 15 inch parapet wall?
  • run a mile without gasping for breath?
  • do a few push-ups?
  • at least a single pull-up?
  • sprint?
  • bend at your waist and touch your toes?
  • lift 100-lb off the floor and not damage your back?
  • cover long distances by foot? say walk 10 km?
  • easily go 24 hours without food?
  • climb a rope?
  • squat down with your heels on the floor and butt low enough to touch your heels?
  • wake up every morning feeling well rested, strong and awesome?

It’s not about being able to do one of these things. You HAVE TO be able to do every single one of these things because these are the basic capabilities of the human body!

Why? Because you were designed to be able to do all these things! Because your body has the potential to build enough muscle and strength and endurance and flexibility and mobility to be able to perform these feats! Because like how telephone is a telephone only if it can make calls, a human body is a human body only if it is capable of effortlessly exhibiting these actions! If it isn’t… well then its just another piece of junk!

Listen – I’m not trying to guilt trip you here. I’m only trying to tell you that these basic movements are pre-programmed in you… like talking and hunger and greed. Sure you have spent the last how-many-ever years in successfully reprogramming your body to do nothing but sit in front of a computer, but what you were born with never goes away! These things are there for the taking! This is money on the table! Just open your eyes, reach out and grab it!

Your body is one bloody awesome piece of equipment. It superior to every other equipment you have ever come across and it is the only thing… ONLY thing… that will stick with you forever.

So don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can not do. Set your goal and go get it. Period.

Peace out.

Picture credit: Industrialfocus

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16 responses to “(Re)Defining Fitness – The Basic Capabilities

  1. Arvind Ashok April 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Neat article. Loved the “8 year old you could do this”.

    • RG April 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you! I was gonna say 10 yr old… but then I remembered I was about 120 lb and pretty much immobile by then!

  2. Sruti April 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Excellent points, as always

  3. Yogini April 6, 2011 at 8:49 am

    An eye-opener. Most of us are guilty of having abused our body for a long long time.

  4. Bill Strahan April 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Awesome article! I’ll add that to do many of those things on a regular basis, you should aim to surpass them in training.

    Need to pick up some oddly shaped 100 pound object? No problem if you’re deadlifting 3-4 times that. Ditto for the 40 pound sack of dog food in the trunk. Injury risk plummets when you’re occasionally far exceding those weights under controlled circumstances in the gym.

    Not sure where I heard it, but a soft living will never make a hard body.

    And since many of us are in the process of losing fat weight, I’ll suggest that you periodically go for a 1 to 3 mile walk with a backpack containing enough weight to bring you back to the weight you were when you got serious about fat loss. It puts it all in perspective and makes you realize how great it is to be trim.

    When I take off that 50 pound pack after a 3 mile walk and realize I get to do EVERYTHING ELSE weighing 50 pounds less than I used to…well, it’s just a sweet moment.

  5. mlc April 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    well written post!! you write quite seriously abt ppl keepng fit and am sure those strong words will change a lot of minds to wrk H-B-F-S!! keep inspiring!! :-)

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  7. revathi April 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    cannot do even one of the adult version. yet my cholesterol, GTT are excellent. The doc is very happy but yet I am not my optimum I know – not even close – going to re-start my Bikram yoga again, thanks for the direction.

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  10. Bea April 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Awesome, that’s what this is. What a fantastic 8 year old I was… where is she gone?? I am so inspired to find her again. Many thanks, RG for reminding me of what my body is capable of:)

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