You are an Individual

Mark “Jacko” Jackson sung a song in the 80’s called “I’m an individual” which was really not great – but you can watch it (below) if you need a laugh. Ok enough shenanigans – the point I want to make today is that everyone is individual – in actually fact you are unique. This is far bigger than just the way you look too – let me explain it in a little more detail.

Part 1 – Nutrition

Metabolic Typing, Biochemical individuality – whatever you want to call it, the fact is what I need to eat is probably different to what you need. One man’s food is another’s poison – is how William Wolcott and Trish Fahey describe it in chapter 1 of ‘The Metabolic typing diet.’ Indians (Native Americans) ate a diet that consisted of mainly plant based foods with small amounts of meat, while Eskimos ate diets of around 90% protein and fats with only 10% plant based food. Which is right? Trick question – it is individual!

Part 2 – Exercise / training

Not everyone is suited to the same form of training – everyone has different goals and needs. Some exercises work well for some people and not others. Many factors need to be considered when designing exercise programs (posture, sport, goals, etc) Sprinters are not suited to running 10km time trials are they?

Part 3 – Stress

Stress is a natural part of everyday life. It is actually a stress response that gets us up and about in the morning. The amount of stress you can handle is extremely individual – everyone’s stress bucket is different. Stress summates too it doesn’t matter if its physical, emotional or spiritual you body treats it all the same way.

I could go on and on – but I hope you catch my drift. You are an individual and the way you respond to food, training and stress is different to how I will respond – so your plan needs to be individualised! One size doesn’t fit all!!!!!

- Anthony

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