Touched base on this in another thread but wanted to share this philosophy here. Over the yrs I've tried a lot of different approaches and had little nagging injuries that slowed progress so i started looking into alternative training modalities and when i started researching a lot of guys with slightly more unconventional methodologies like Steve Maxwell, Scott Sonnen, Rickson Gracie, Naudi Aguilars, Edo Portal lol etc. their fitness philosophies made a lot of sense to me a lot of their ideas rubbed off on me.
Some of the main principles they teach are keeping things simple but having variety, balanced fitness and a focus on natural movement so your body doesn't adapt in a way that's unbalanced and the main principle is safety & longevity in mind.
I'm not against heavy weight lifting, body weight stuff, yoga, running, crossfit etc, etc, etc. but when anything becomes a primary mode of training your body adapts to that and if you keep going you get locked in and you're going to have problems & imbalance over time and it will lead to injury or limit your overall fitness it's just a matter of time.
Since i hurt my back i re-thought that even further from what i learned from those guys i mentioned and what I've learned through my own experiences over the yrs.
In general my ideas about fitness are these four pillars.
1. Variety: Don't just run, don't just do yoga, don't just do body weight exercises or just lift weights. Don't fall in love with some exercises and neglect others. Do everything you can but balanced and in moderation.
2. Progression: Don't do or add too much too soon when your body is getting used to something. Get your form down, master the move then move on and come back to it at a later date and start over again.
3. Preservation to promote healing: Know when to put the pride/ego aside and take a break to rest up but still remain active even if that's just a brisk walk.
4. Longevity: And this is perhaps the most important one to me. I look at all exercises now with the idea that if i can't come close to having that same intensity, volume & frequency when i'm in my 60's then i won't really do it. That's not to say i never will try something more challenging but i don't push it. I DON'T wanna be that old broken down wrestler, power lifter type guy or marathon runner when i'm 60 talking about my athletic prowess when i was a young lad but can barely even move a limb now.
There's a saying in Jiu-Jitsu "Slow is smooth" that applies here as does the tortoise vs hare story. Don't be in such a rush for gainz in this race. Gains will come with consistency and an intelligent longevity approach. Look at the bigger picture not just what you want and think you need NOW which is much more ego based and lead to the bubble popping faster. We all slow down as we age but do it gradually and gracefully. Don't sprint towards it 25/8. That's the wrong approach.
Just food for thought guys.Take what you will from this and enjoy your fitness journey.