biology: it’s what you do
alternately: you refuse to break a sweat or crawl on the grass but keep whining about being fat.
there is no arguing with biology. no matter how smart, dumb, rich, poor, well-dressed, or disgusting you are, you are always going to be human.
there are certain things that the human body is good at. we can climb. we can run very long distances and we can run fast for very short distances. we can pick something up that’s heavy and get it from point a to point b. back when our biology was something we relied on and not just something we slept through in tenth grade, we had to do these things a lot. like, ‘a lot’ a lot. every day. maybe not all in the same day, and maybe each task took a different form on each day, but these were essential objectives that must have been carried out in order to complete a day successfully.
people didn’t do these things to look good. they didn’t do them for heart health or because they liked the natural high from physical activity. they did these things because they had to. they knew that, somewhere, there was a stream to fetch water at and a boar to spear and carry home for dinner. they also knew that without that water and without that boar (and any vegetation gathered on the way), there would be no survival. i am reminded of a mark’s daily apple article (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fit/) in which mark discusses the meaning of being fit and how it has changed over human history. for humans back then (mark’s ‘grok’), being ‘fit’ simply meant the capacity to survive the next day and eventually mate and spread seed. in today’s society, however, fitness is a superfluous gesture.
this does not excuse your superfluous size.
to be ‘fit’ today means a whole slew of things – being able to bust out a hundred push ups or run a marathon, for instance. but there are other, more important-by-today’s-standards parts to being fit: having ripped abs or huge pecs or simply being fuckable on any level (as evidence, consider the british usage of the word ‘fit’). there is no inherent need for any of these skills or attributes. in today’s society, you can travel across town, buy an entire chicken or pounds of beef as well as all the fixings you need, and get home all without actually moving your own body close to a mile. and the workplace is no better – that small amount of activity we do two or three times a week i just described is about as active as anybody gets on any given day. with the advance of technology, work has become increasingly sedentary and we have done little to make up for it. in fact, in our halfhearted attempts to curb the negative affects of our newly-adopted way of life, we even try to take shortcuts there. we run on treadmills, workout on nautilus machines, and diet until we…well, stay pudgy.
this is all flying in the face of the monkey-people we once were (and still are, biologically). the problem is not that our public is getting fat – that’s a symptom of a bigger illness. we are a society of humans who don’t act like humans. we do everything we can, actually, to avoid being human at all – we avoid human contact through computers, we stay indoors on beautiful days, we walk when we could run. these are all simple things which have been proven (with science!) to be detrimental to the human condition (google it, it’s well-known that many physical maladies come from prolonged time sitting/typing, that sunlight has a positive affect on mood, and that physical exertion should be practiced on a regular basis and with vigor). look back at us as monkey men and picture what he (or she…ladies *wink*) must have looked like. not a bodybuilder, probably, but not a doughboy by any means.
and so we arrive at my point: in order to look the part of a fit, prime, and healthy physical specimen, you must first examine the science behind us as an organism. the way we eat, the way we play, and the way we live must be examined with the fact in mind that humans flourished healthily and at a sustainable rate (as organisms and as a species) for thousands of years before we decided to let technology tell us what we should do. no matter what technology is made, there is no substitute for thousands of years of evolution and growth. this is what should be relied on when one decides to get into shape, not which diet or exercise regime fits in the best with the life he or she is already living (probably in error in terms of biology).