The old time lifters understood this.
It was pretty clear for them to see. And either we don't get it, blind to it, or are just choosing to look the other way. I don't know.
This was written over one hundred years ago.
If you can't quite make it out from the picture, let me bring your attention to the first two paragraphs.
"..There are thousands and thousands of our population who go to bed tired at night and wake tired in the morning. An even greater number know what it is to duffer daily and nightly under nervous strain caused by competition. In such cases it is necessary that a man should study his physical life...."
But for me the part that stands out, and hits home like an overhand right from Klitschko is unquestionably this,
".. One is only too apt to get up in time for breakfast, tumble off to business, spend the day in an insanitary office, with the exception of an hour, during which an heavy indigestible meal is bolted, returning home at night. to another heavy meal and so to bed.
Here is a life in which the physical element does not exist, and which is absolutely certain to end in physical ruin."
This was written in 1897 by Friederich Wilhelm Muller, more commonly known as the father of modern body building, Eugen Sandow, in his book, Strength and How To Obtain It.
So here we are in 2015. How much has changed?
In some ways quite a lot, and in other ways not much, or indeed not in the way we would have liked.
The truth is that when it comes to the physical element and taking care of our health, the greater part of the population are straight up amateurs. We suck at it.
And we are dying.
Needlessly popping our clogs from diseases, which are more often than not, greatly influenced by lifestyle factors.
These are things that you and I can control.
Just for kicks, I had a look at the top 10 mortality list from the World Health Organisation.
This is where they look at the data globally and see what are the biggest leading causes of death.
In at number 10 we have Hypertensitve Heart Disease, ending 1.1 million peoples lives in 2012.
At number 8 Diabetes takes out 1.5 million.
Chronic Obsturctive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Stroke were in at spots 3 and 2 repectively.
In at the number one spot was Ischemic Heart Disease with a staggaring 7.4 million people succumbing to this formidable disease.
You can check out the WHO Top 10 Casues of Mortality >>here<<
Now you may be thinking, so what?
These numbers probably mean little to you, unless you've been impacted by these conditions personally or someone you love.
You never realise how important your health is until it begins to fail you.
But it also go me thinking about when it comes to our health why so many of us are amateurs.
Perhaps, lurking there beneath the surface lies fear.
Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of looking foolish, fear of under achieving, fear of over achieving, fear of standing out, fear of loneliness and paradoxically, even our own fear of death may be leading us to make short term choices that do not support our strength and health long term.
What are the choices that you are making that are potentially harming you?
It's an all too familiar story, because its an all too human one.
We need to make our health our priority.
For some, this takes courage.
For others this requires strength.
For most it takes consistency.
But do this we must, because if we don't, as Eugen Sandow could see so clearly back then in 1897, we are, ".. absoutely certain to end in physical ruin."
Don't run from the pain, move towards it.