I missed a week...
Last Saturday I didn't send you an email.
But I thought progress was all about consistency?
Well, yes and no.
Consistency up to a point, I would say.
I have seen people who are adamant about doing 100 consecutive days in the gym, for example.
Or the 75HARD programme, which you might have heard of.
(If you haven't, then it's essentially a 75-day hardcore programme of strict diet, no alcohol, 2x 45 min workouts per day, one of which must be outdoors, and a few other things)
This type of consistency may well work for some people.
If that's you, I applaud you.
But these people are in the minority.
Last week, I was not well.
I had a few days dealing with a flare up of my fibromyalgia.
So that meant intense and enduring pain, high levels of fatigue, brain fog, loss of balance, and all kinds of other fun stuff.
So I stripped my activity back to basics.
I still worked with my clients, I still posted social media content, I nourished my body, prioritised rest and recovery,...
There are many things I dislike about the fitness industry.
One thing I do love, however, is that the overall philosophy is one of prevention rather than cure. Yes, there are people doing injury rehab and other remedial work, but the vast majority of this industry is (despite its flaws) focused on preventing poor health rather than fixing it.
I strongly believe that, where possible, prevention is better than cure. If we can avoid becoming unwell in the first place, or perhaps just less unwell, then surely that’s got to be better than clawing our way back after the fact?
I don’t believe for one second that medical intervention doesn’t have a place. I don’t believe that lifestyle can fix EVERYTHING. That would be naive at best. I don’t believe that smallpox would have disappeared if we had just eaten more fermented foods. I don’t believe that we can cure cancer with apple cider vinegar.
I also don’t believe that medical intervention is the...