May 9, 2022
Today, we have access to a near-infinite wealth of information all the time. It’s right at our fingertips, or at the click of a mouse. In this way, we have a luxury we’ve never had before. We can personalize, fine-tune, and automate so much of our lives to find what works for us and what best addresses the particularities of our day-to-day needs.
We can personalize everything from what we want to learn to how we want to communicate with others. For example, think about how social media works. What you see on the internet will be completely different from what your friends, family, and partners see because of how automatically personalized that experience becomes.
Of course, this is not necessarily the ”good” kind of personalization. Still, it is an example of how this shows up in our lives already, something that we should be aware of so we can monitor its effect on our lives.
On the flip side, there is no aspect of our lives worth personalizing more than our health and fitness. Our health, just like the rest of our human experience, is uniquely personal and subjective. So, how we take care of it should be as well.
There is no one-size-fits all method for taking care of your health.
Every body is different
Out of the 7.7 billion people living on the planet, each is different. Some are strong, some soft. Some lose weight fast, and some struggle to gain it. We’ve each experienced various injuries, conditions, and surgeries.
On top of that, we’re all constantly changing. A kaleidoscope of systems orchestrating our daily lives fluctuates and moves in different ways based on our habits, lifestyle, DNA, age, genes, and overall environment.
In short: it’s an incredibly complex system.
And yet, we follow generic guidance about losing weight, eating healthily, building muscle, and increasing our fitness.
It’s no wonder we get frustrated and blame ourselves when it doesn’t work.
But how can we stop doing this? How can we do away with the frustration, disappointment, and resentment we experience when regimens we saw working for others don’t actually do anything for us?
We can focus on the five main areas of fitness that don’t just require, but demand, personalization for us to feel great in our bodies.
Everybody deals with different levels of stress in their daily life. Similarly, everybody has a different capacity for stress. People often overlook the fact that fitness itself is a stress on the body. Without the stress of exercise, the body wouldn’t feel the need to adapt and change.
Because of this, it is important to personalize our workouts to our daily stress levels, so that our workouts don’t become the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
One of the biggest things that trainers often design their programs against is posture.
One person might tend to slouch, while another overextends in certain positions, so they can’t have the same program because they are approaching from the complete opposite ends of the posture spectrum. The workouts, stretches, and exercises that work for one person won’t achieve the same results in the other.
To address this, it’s important to keep one’s individual tendencies towards certain postures in mind. This helps us understand which corrections and adjustments need to be made throughout a workout to help achieve the correct posture and thus avoid injury.
Injuries, conditions, surgery history
The second we go under the knife, get injured, or experience some kind of condition, we will never again be the same in that area.
This doesn’t mean we can’t be high-performing, but we will have to spend more time and energy on certain parts of our bodies just to maintain performance, focusing in ways we didn’t have to focus before.
This is because, what tends to happen when we experience an injury, condition, or surgery is that we create an unconscious pattern in the body that compensates for it, and this can throw our workouts off entirely. For this reason, it’s incredibly important we design our workouts based on our personal history.
Everyone’s coordination level is different. Some people are good movers, and others aren’t. Some people can learn coordination quickly, and some struggle with it. But good program design can challenge highly coordinated people, teach people, and improve people’s abilities to learn – even if they’ve always struggled with it in the past.
There are two types of coordination. First, there is conscious coordination that you instruct the body to do. The other is unconscious coordination, which the body does on its own.
Good program design can improve both.
Understanding our coordination abilities also helps us recognize where we need more coordination work. This will then enable engagement with different neural-muscle pathways that strengthen our overall fitness and bodily health.
Nutrition is also a key area that requires personalization. Our relationship to food is not only intensely unique, but it is also extremely variable. It changes day-to-day, and sometimes even moment-to-moment.
We must think about our relationship to food in order to design the correct nutrition plan for ourselves. What did we eat growing up? What have we learned about food and health? (Hint: a lot of information we grew up with is often very outdated information). Do we have food addictions? Use foods to manage our stress? Do we chronically diet? Should we avoid certain foods to prevent inflammation? Are there foods we eat that bloat us out and thus make us “feel” fat when we are in fact simply inflamed?
When we don’t understand these more personal aspects of nutrition and eating, we tend to simply follow trends or do what “experts” tell us to do. We don’t realize that these programs are designed for a general population, and thus, will never fully address our needs.
It’s an art, not a race
People don’t get fit just from doing fitness. People also don’t get healthy by just eating healthy food.
We must take a more macro and cyclical view of ourselves and how we fit all our healthy habits into our life.
By developing the muscle to listen to our bodies deeply, even when it may be saying something we don’t necessarily want to hear, such as slow down, we learn to enter the long-term journey of self-care. We learn to dance with change. Our bodies are never stuck, and never constant. They are always changing and evolving.
Our goal at Tyzen Fit is to help people create a more intimate relationship with their bodies. We teach you to go inside and learn the language of your own body – as a living, breathing, unique organism – and then show you how to set it up for success, getting the results you actually want.
If you’re interested in diving deeper into these areas, and thus properly creating the health and fitness results you want in your life, reach out to us here: https://tyzenfit.com/contact