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The most dogged impediment to realizing one’s fitness goal(s) is the self’s inclination toward identification with the body. Too strong a Taurean leaning in an individual can make for an insurmountable level of “comfort idolization”. At first glance, this notion may seem an absurd irony. An individual would be little concerned with the body’s health and overall fitness if that individual were not “body-centric” in thought, right? However, the truth behind this idea can be revealed if one simply digs a bit deeper.
A state of comfort is, by definition, a state of non-progression. This is true both mentally and physically. One must undertake repeated expeditions into uncomfortable territory in order to realize any level of significant progress. To the extent an individual considers “the real self” and “body” to be separate entities — the body being no more than an implement of the self — consistent progress will be realized. As a woodworker utilizes his tools to create a finished product, so too can the true self manipulate the body to reflect a desired outcome. I hope that I haven’t waxed to esoteric here, and my intent is certainly not to proselytize, but to provide a blueprint — a map — toward the worthy goal of overall health and an elevated degree of fitness. Visualize the physical body as being no more than than home and sentinel for the true self (or the soul, if you prefer). A home must not be allowed to fall into disrepair, nor a sentinel to go unpaid or poorly fed. Neither will provide adequate protection unless cared for in return.
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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


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