Investment: Pros and Cons
Therapists and psychologists will often tell you that successful relationships are always about investment. You need to invest in your partner and he must invest in you. Good advice.
But really good therapists and psychologists will tell you that investing can also have a dark side. For example, many women invest a lot in their relationships with shower bags when they have to clearly hit these manboys to the side of the road.
Ironically, those with the mindset of the winner often fall into the investment trap. After spending three years with the douchebag, the cessation of the relationship is interpreted as "losing". And she is not a loser.
What does this have to do with fitness?
When people are interested in building muscle, losing fat, getting strong and being generally awesome, we make a lot of investments that consume our time, money and physical and mental energy. The way we eat, the way we train, and the tools we use are all investments.
And these investments usually have a big ROI. But like the woman who does not break off with her loser boyfriend, fitness people sometimes struggle to separate themselves from things that are no longer working for them or that may cause long-term harm.
The Running Queen
Sally began to run to lose weight, and it worked first. But her progress stagnates, she is not satisfied with the soundless body that you caused by running, and the injuries that result from the increasing mileage add up.
She knows that, but she can not quite deal with her cutting back and trying something else like lifting weights. She has invested too much.
She has spent money on shoes, a trainer, books and a physiotherapist. Emotionally, she identifies with Nike ads with dedicated runners. She has bumper stickers proclaiming her status as a runner. She has a Twitter handle with the word "runner". And of course she spent hours beating the pavement.
The Carb Denier
Steve adopted a low carb diet to get rid of his love handles, and then dropped the carbohydrates altogether, because he heard that ketosis is magical. Carbohydrates are evil. Although his anxiety has increased, he is not enthusiastic about his performance in the gym, and most of his muscle gains have come to a standstill. Steve is battling to reinstall carbohydrates.
He has spent so much time and energy trying to figure out how to avoid every stray carb. He read all the books and bought all the diet plans. He has announced his keto-for-life status on all social media bios. He has preached about the evils of carrots and oatmeal. And yes, he even bought the t-shirt.
The Pain Enthusiast
Billy has bought a foam roller and loves it a lot. Then he bought a really hard foam roll that did not even consist of foam. Foam is for sissies. Then he bought a black spiked roll. He has spent a lot of time reading all the articles about smashing and muscles in his muscles.
Billy is still suffering from pain and pain. He read a T Nation article called Foam Rolling Gone Wrong and now he is angry. The article states that temporary relief from high-pressure rolling can actually lead to nerve damage or permanent destruction of myofibrils and blood vessels. Lightweight foam rollers is better.
Why is Billy angry? Because he bought a lot of tubes and dumpling balls. And he feels like an asshole because he can withstand the pain these tools inflict.
He is so invested that he limits himself to alternatives, though he really does not receive any lasting relief from the torture chambers. [19659006It'stimetoinvest
My first year of trying to get fit was spent running. I also experimented with all the super low carb diets. I even own one of these spiked rollers.
It was difficult to disinvest all these things if they did not give me the desired results. The first temptation was doubling and doing more of what is common among those who have invested too much.
Investment is important, but we need to learn when to reduce our losses. It's okay to drink Kool-Aid and try out new eating styles and training methods. That's how we learn and improve, and many of these tools are useful.
However, we should invest with a sense of distancing. These are tools, not marriages. We should evaluate these tools and then re-evaluate them on a regular basis.
Our tools do not define us. Our tools are not who we are. Our identities are not based on our diet or the way we want to lift weights.
Invest in your body. Invest in your health and your strength. Remove your tools and pet methods. Know when it's time to split up and move on.
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