Playing sports is best done when one has a healthy body.  That probably sounds like an obvious thing to say, but it really isn’t in practice at all when you look at people that are involved in it.  So, let’s start by first talking about what it means to be ready for sport or any kind of exercise.  Especially these days, there’s so much confusion about so many things, when it comes to health.  There are conflicting thoughts and vastly different concepts that people are following.

In fact, there is so much information coming out, sometimes completely opposed to each other, that people have probably just checked out and are no longer paying attention.  What happens is that people have some sort of belief system that is formed from previous things they heard and they’re just staying with that.  The problem is that much information has been released in recent years that has definitively showed that much of that belief system is entirely wrong.  And, yet, people are still operating under those thoughts.  So, the problem with that is they are actively harming themselves and don’t even understand it.

When it comes to exercise and sport, one thing that is clear to see is that there’s this tendency to overdo things.  This has been the case for a long time, but maybe even more so in the past 15-20 years.  You see that with the rise of people getting involved in various challenge type of activities, such as running a half marathon or doing an obstacle course race.  Now, it’s excellent that they’re working up the motivation, getting fit, and maybe even doing the activity for a charity.  But, the problem is that all of this is around “doing” something, instead of understanding how the body actually works.

What people need to understand is that the body needs time to adapt.  This is what training is all about, where you produce work for your body and over a reasonable amount of time, it will respond and be able to handle the new workload.  It handles it by adding additional capacity to deal with the load in terms of building cardiovascular function, growing muscle tissue, and by strengthening your overall ligaments and tendons.  The problem, as you can imagine, with people doing too much too soon and treating it as just something to accomplish instead of work into slowly is that the body is unprepared and it can’t deal with the workload.

There’s so much more to say on this topic, but will end at this point on part one and look forward to further insights in part two.  One thing we’ll leave you with is that even habits like smoking that we know are bad for us, can be addressed through new methods.  This can help those engaging in sport tremendously.  An example is electronic cigarettes that eliminate much of all that is wrong with smoking.  This is a great way for those people that are in need of nicotine to still engage in exercise and sports in a better way.  Here’s a resource around this topic and about Die Evolution des Box Mods that you may find informative.