Imagine if you will a ten foot line segment floating horizontally in front of you. On the left end of this line is passivity and on the far right end is extreme activity. The ultimate champion and representative of the passive is a dead person. He’s totally motionless and even better than those who sit all day in an office chair and after work in front of the T.V., the dead guy is always still. On the right, we have the special forces veteran and ultra-endurance athlete, David Goggins. Nearly all of us live somewhere on this line.
The two most popular passive attempts at achieving health and fitness are not having a diagnosed disease and eating. Both of these are completely inadequate and can not deliver health and fitness. The first one is largely out of our control. While we can affect whether we get a disease or not, this is only to a degree. We will all die from our last disease and just because a doctor’s check up finds no disease does not indicate any level of fitness. The second is ubiquitous and it’s not just illusive but impossible. Regarding what people eat, while some choices are better than others and there’s a spectrum of people poisoning themselves on the left, to people giving their bodies just what they need on the right. There is no way to eat yourself healthy and fit. Special elite, magic foods that make your body the way it’s designer and Creator intended, don’t exist.
Dead guy, the pacifist is the all time world record holding champion at eating the fewest calories, the least trans-fats, least carbs and holds the record for the longest fast. He goes beyond the water only fast and doesn’t even drink water!
While I can’t speak for David Goggins, I can tell you of my own experiences. Special Forces Military personal and Ultra-Endurance Athletes are among the most physically fit people on Earth and contrary to popular belief, the world’s healthiest people frequently eat what’s taboo to the passive, burgers, pizza & carbs.
The hardest thing I had to do while venturing into the far right on this spectrum was to eating. At times I would have to consume more than 10,000 calories per day, 7 days per week for prolonged periods. This meant eating full meals, every two hours. I was eating for fuel to support my extremely high level of activity. So while I ate all kinds of food, including fruits and vegetables, I had to scarf lot’s of cheeseburgers, fries, pizza’s and soft drinks. Another side bit of info I found out during these adventures, is that it is impossible to get fat by eating food. I surely ate enough that if it could be done, I would have done it. I’ve ate 3 or 4 times what Morgan Spurlock ate in “Super Size Me,” but if you were paying attention to the movie, he said in the start of the show that he world stop his normal vigorous exercise routine & sit for 30 days. One thing I proved during that crazy time in my life was that it’s absolutely impossible to get fat by eating, one must sit still for long periods to do that.
One of the strongest evidences proving that we should be moving is in our very design. Your body was largely designed for the greatest single activities and that’s transportation. (Walking/Running)
Here’s another very interesting evidence based facts. Have you ever noticed that when doctors are really serious about actually helping you make a change, they don’t focus on pharmeucuticals but “physical therapy”? Why don’t they simply give you a pill or tell you to “eat healthy”?
After you have a serious injury or disease, walking is prescribed.
After a sports injury, coaches tell their athletes to, “walk it off”.
Your body is designed for far more than sitting. For inspiration, look at it’s design, there are clues to what it should be used for, in your legs, feet & through out its amazing structure.
Matthew 15:11 says, “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you” and Matthew 15:17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?