March 19, 2023

Why I love exercise

The result is directly proportional to the effort . Not time, not money. But effort. What you do is what you get. If you bend your knees very little, it results in very little development of muscle around the knee. If you bend or rotate your shoulders very little, you get very little muscle around the shoulders. 

Systematically squatting, pushing, pulling or rotating yields stronger hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. The payoff is obvious. The returns proportionate to effort. But yet few choose to make the investment. 

* The body does not lie

It has no agenda. It has no philosophy. It reflects your lifestyle choices. You can pin the constraints in making those choices on genetics, ancestors, society or circumstance. But choices they were. Inactivity is a choice. Not prioritising an active lifestyle is a choice. How much time and energy you dedicate to exercise is a choice you make. 

* Do and you shall receive

Every activity does something different for your body. Some activities will produce more useful, enduring and lasting adaptations. But safe to say, there are objectively more efficient and effective ways to spend your time and money when it comes to activity. 

By objective I mean by  measure of quality of life, consistency of outcomes and sustainability. Squatting and it’s variants will make your legs stronger and knees more robust than running, cycling, swimming or playing any sport. Even cyclists have to squat to ensure their legs get stronger for cycling. 

* Risk reward ratio 

An activity pays off by improving your odds of better health, robust joints, general well being and strong muscles. The medical treatment you did not have to seek. The flu’s and sprain’s you bounced back from faster than less active peers. What risks did you take to get there ? Was it worth it ? 

Any activity has a degree of risk attached it. But the smart choices have straightforward outcomes that make it worthwhile.

About Adarsh

- I run a strength and conditioning facility in Chennai, India
- I work with my clients to make training and eating for better body composition a part of everyday life
- I coach online and in-person
- I design and manufacture strength training equipment for use in our strength training facility