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On Adaptability and the Modern Human

" it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself."

I just saw a friend of mine post this quote. It's a lovely quote and worth considering.

We train, we attend the gym, we practice sports and martial arts and, because you follow my work, I think it's safe to assume you read and study topics of interest.

So we are in a state of constant adaptation.

Training revolves around the principle of "specific adaptation to imposed demand" or "SAID"

The thing is we know what to expect.

Training is the application of a predetermined demand to illicit a specific adaptation. It is pre planned.

Even in WOD type training where the training is constantly varied, it is safe to assume that the number of movements/exercises isn't as varied as one might think, and they will be aimed to illicit specific adaptations regardless of the users confusion.

So what is adaptability really?

It is a mental state more than physical in my opinion.

Homo Sapiens, the Human Animal got to the top of the food chain in almost every known environment on this blue planet because we are willing and able to adapt to new challenges.

We are decidedly unspecialised when compared to the majority of other species. Or maybe our specialisation is our ability to adapt?

Yet here we are, all in a panic anytime the media tells us there is a problem, a health scare, a storm.

We, as a species have taken on every challenge that ever came, and here we are.

We live in the safest time in recorded history, yet anxiety and lifestyle bourne helth problems are on the rise. Without challenge, there is no adaptation.

Without challenge there is no strength, no mobility, no endurance, either mentally or physically.

It's not difficult to find a reason to test the body, lift weights, swim, run, join a club

It's not difficult to find fuel, we know to eat vegetables, we know to eat protein (meat) we know that too much "nice" stuff is bad for us

It's not difficult to get to bed and grab some sleep, most TV now is on demand, you don't need to sit up to watch a program any more, it will still be there tomorrow.

Don't fear change. Change made us who we are.

Feel the cold, you will adapt. If you are willing to.

Feel the heat, you will adapt. If you are willing to.

Feel hunger, you will adapt. If you are willing to.

Feel pain, you will adapt. If you are willing to.

You are a human animal first and foremost, you are genus Homo Sapiens. Homo Sapiens got comfortable and start calling itself a Human Being and forgot about it's animal roots.

And like all things, when the roots get lost, the animal suffers.

Let the animal out. Let it adapt. It will result is stronger, human being, the kind of human being other humans like being around. Regards

Dave Hedges

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