Monday, 7 March 2016

On fitness.



A consideration of fitness physical and otherwise is the topic discussed with an eye to brevity this week.

The practical knowledge lent by personal athletic endeavor in a variety of disciplines will be leveraged as are those of professional trainer.  Opinions expressed as always are intended for the sole purpose of entertaining both writer and reader.  Neither results nor guarantees are either inferred or implied by the contents of this discussion.  In all cases the reader is advised to seek the advice of a physician before attempting any exercise.

Though it has been widely noted fitness of the mind is directly affected by that of the body.

The writer as a matter of regular practice has made a habit of physical training of one kind or another through the majority of life.  From schoolboy athletics through a professional boxing career being fit was a requirement of youth.  Time spent on stage as performer and offstage as personal trainer would demand commitment to fitness training into later life.  The ravages of serious injury and chronic illness with advancing years meanwhile would eventually prove best mitigated by a program of vigorous and consistent exercise.  As the journey through middle age ends and the passage into old age begins the benefits of maintaining fitness are without doubt magnified.

While age may indeed be a state of mind without doubt it imparts real effect.

Thus a program of physical training consistently applied has been a lifestyle pillar upon which much has rested in these parts.  The writer though a pirate often badly damaged by a reckless passage through rough seas has survived as often due to rote as by precision.  For the professional fighter knows the actual truth of the body's ability to continue to deliver its trained response in the absence of the mind's control.  In times of greatest peril the physical fitness of the combat athlete when required makes a contribution not readily apparent.  If either brain or mind is temporarily disrupted during conflict the body will continue a trained response until control of the mental faculties is regained.  In many instances the experience occurs without the athlete being cognitively aware of either disruption or recovery.  While the consequences of the ability are unknown the physiological facts of the experience are not debatable.

The insight is provided courtesy the misfortune of personal experience.

While lacking the immediate threat of combat however the ravages of time and lack of care for the carton within which one carries the self is equal dangerous.  Entropy is a fact of temporal reality that carries consequences best not ignored.  Like it or not, the body is the physical container in which we carry the mind and when broken the best of intentions add up to nothing.  Restoring a body incapacitated by either injury or illness is difficult and usually steeped in bouts of extended misery.  Now more than eight months into the latest return from catastrophic training injury the two years spent in recovery remind the writer that health remains fragile as glass.  An ounce of prevention is thus accepted as doubtless worth many pounds of even the most modern cure.

This remarkable perspicacity is another product discovered via bitter individual history.

That being said the cure is often counter intuitively found very near the cause with athletic injuries.  Unlike those suffered mentally and emotionally most physical wounds respond to treatment.  Rehabilitation though at times lengthy is now routine when commitment and consistency are maintained.  Pain tolerance is often the only strength required beyond that of a willing physiotherapist.

Again the misery of firsthand knowledge provides unfortunate reassurance on behalf of the quoted formula.

Mental and emotional scarring though less effectively is also reliably improved by a program of consistent physical training.  Though emotional detritus and mental aberration are often recalcitrant staying fit has been proven to help balance the brain chemicals that govern mood and behavior.  An addiction to fitness is also preferable to any other while programs of counseling and therapy are much recommended.

The knowledge; empirically acquired, has been invaluable to the writer.

All pursuits whether physical or mental require fitness of one kind or another.  The writing of fiction though primarily a mental pursuit is thus subject to a similar demand.  Much like creating literature achieving physical fitness requires commitment to both discipline and practice.  Regard for the beauty of the work is discovered first through the discipline of its practice and only later revealed to both creator and consumer.  The benefit to each meanwhile is conferred by means of individual appreciation.

In actual terms, the practice is its own reward.

As ever, the writer speaks here only of personal experience, seeking to neither advise nor encourage.  A six-days-per-week training schedule adapted to the limitation of injury and the needs of the work; used for many decades and employing methods proven over a similar period is adhered to in this locale.  This lifetime love affair for fitness training enjoyed by the writer is well-known by close associates if the results are regularly disguised due to gluttony.  Though speaking exclusive to this experience the writer advocates on behalf of fitness and the training lifestyle.  Without hesitation physical fitness is also credited for contributing to the longevity of the writer's creative output and his continued indulgence in life's hedonistic pleasures.

The practice of each is doubtless enhanced by the other.

Thanks for being here and thanks for sharing the blog.

-          TFP
March 7, 2016

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