Every human being is different. Therefore, each of us requires an individualized, total-body approach to personal fitness and physical well being. There is no single pathway to physical health—no magic bullet, no absolute truth. Everyone has a unique set of genetic factors and personal experiences that culminate in their present selves. It is absolutely critical to honor this when designing a fitness plan, giving a massage, or suggesting stretches. Every moment of an individual’s life is simply a snapshot. What is right on one day, for one week, or even for an entire year, will not be right forever. Change is the only constant. People’s interests, habits, and working lives change over time. As a result, their approach to physical fitness and well being must be supported as it develops in accordance with this natural evolution.
There is an energy bank in each of our bodies. We have to maintain, and at times rebuild, this system; we must make deposits, not just withdrawals. The nature of these deposits will change relative to the character of the withdrawals. Some days may require a practice focusing on controlled motion and isometric work on the yoga mat, others may involve sets of sprint intervals on the bike, and still others may need to focus entirely on gentle recovery. To understand and monitor these needs, there must be a set of qualitative and quantitative measures that provide ongoing information that can be used to both form and reformulate individual fitness plans. Many of the same measures must also be used to track individual progress towards incremental goals. Ultimately, the objective is to use these measures in concert with routine personal reflection to empower individuals to develop their intuition and take control of their personal fitness and physical well being
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