Why is it so easy to be a couch potato and just relax and do nothing? Let me rephrase: Why is physical activity, especially strenuous physical activity, perceived to be painful? Is perception the main problem? What if we could rewire the neural pathways in our brains to associate the pleasure of intense physical activity (I’m not necessarily talking about forced labor) and the pain of being inactive and physically lazy?
There are many reasons why I bring up such a subject. First of all, the body type. It has been documented that humans can be physically categorized, based on metabolic rate, among other important factors. These categories are: Ectomorph – hyper metabolism; generally thin; has trouble building muscle; Endomorph – the opposite of ectomorph, having a slow metabolism; has a predisposition to store body fat; appears round in appearance; can build muscle quite easily. Mesomorph – this type of body sits between the ectomorph and the endomorph. The mesomorph has the optimal metabolism; can add weight easily, unlike ectomorph, or lose weight quite easily, unlike endomorph.
When it comes to body type, an endomorph doesn’t have the luxury of living a sedentary life. The endomorph must be physically and mentally active. Also, the endomorph must be very careful with its diet, unlike its ectomorph and mesomorph counterparts. I speak mainly from personal experience, as I have experienced different diets and fitness regimes.
I followed the passive and vegetarian lifestyle, practicing yoga and pilates; nothing intense. Of course, I became flexible and could do headstands, but there was no improvement in my physique when it comes to cardiovascular fitness. I’m not sure how to explain it, but it’s as if practicing slow passive exercises decreases your “personal fire”. More on that later. On the lacto-vegetarian lifestyle, I ate a lot of carbohydrates, but no animal sources of protein except eggs and milk. My main source of protein at the time was soy chunks, soy burgers, soy links, and tofu. In hindsight, I will stick to tofu only, as the Japanese have used tofu throughout their history, it is a fermented soy product, compared to other commercial alternatives to soy meat. .
Having no significant results, other than increasing my body’s estrogen intake (which is certainly not good for a man who considers himself to be a man), I switched to a more active diet, to both in diet and physical activity. I started to practice karate; shotokan karate to be exact. It was twice a week, but the boy was doing this vigorous activity to keep oxygen flowing through my body and brain. My diet then included meat, but was limited to fish and chicken; absolutely no pork or beef (it was strictly because of preference). Imagine, just two days of two to three hours of vigorous, vigorous activity, and my metabolism had already started to kick in.
So being ambitious, the next step was to increase physical activity, which would lead to increased calorie expenditure. It has been done, with some interesting results.
Ultimately, it all comes down to a choice. We all know the benefits of exercising regularly. (We’re not talking about making an appearance at the gym and pretending to exercise; no, we’re talking about the type of exercise to raise your heart rate, which would increase your cardiovascular fitness). But it’s so easy to get distracted and put it off. I used to find excuses. For over 4 years, I made excuses by saying that I would be going to the gym the next month. 1 month turned into 2, then 2 into 4 and so on. Each month I delayed, I became even more demotivated. I ate more shit. It’s a vicious cycle, because you don’t make the decision to go, and you see physically fit people at the gym, and you use that as a reason not to go.
This is where the will comes in. You make the decision and you get out of it. You don’t have to do it alone. You can still get motivation from a friend or relative who wants to exercise and lose some extra body fat. Plus, you can cut out images from magazines or print out images from the internet of a person (athlete, celebrity, etc.) whose body is the definition of fitness for you. I am using photos of bodybuilders from the Universal Animal supplement. I also have a poster of this 27 year old bodybuilder called Brandon Curry. In addition, I have a photo of sexy fitness models in bikinis, which I would love to date. Believe me, as a guy, a pic of a sexy girl in a bikini, with a flat stomach and a toned midsection makes you want to automatically suck your belly.