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Creating Freedom in Structure

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

There is a freedom in music I don't find a lot of other places. A freedom from rules, from structure, from plans. At least, this is the way I see music. Each composition is an empty canvas, and that canvas might be square, rectangular, or even spherical. Hell, it might be invisible.

When I have structure in food and exercise, I find that my freedom to explore and express opens up. It makes sense. My body is nourished, by brain is fed and thereby I have the energy to create.

The beauty in music, and movement, is that we have the ability to decide what we like and indulge ourselves. There is no perfect song, there is no perfect exercise program. What sounds great to me likely sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to most. Likewise, torturing oneself with repetitive high rep exercise may float your boat, while someone else loves interpretive dance and yet another likes to walk in a forest.

While you could argue that one program has better outcomes (VO2 max, body composition, etc), I would argue that the research may be short sighted. In 40 years, how does the dancer fair vs. the weightlifter; in overall quality of life and longevity.

There is no right, there is no wrong - at least in fitness. I love the hardcore stuff - muscle ups, snatches, heavy sleds. I love the silly stuff; the shake weights, Prancerise, I even consider head banging as exercise.

Ok - so what does this all add up to?

Food matters more than exercise. You can't out exercise a bad diet. You CAN lose weight without exercise. Do I suggest it? No. Exercise IS important, very much so. But it is not the number one. Nutrition is the number one driver of results. Always has been, always will be.

So, exercise, do what you enjoy - have fun!

Don't think that you can eat garbage and work it off. You will fail. As you press on in age, this will become more and more apparent. The sooner you fix this mindset and get on the good-eatin' train, the better, and the more 80 year old you will thank 20, 30, 40 or 50 year old you.

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