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More is Not Always Better: How the Hardcore Workout is Wrecking Us

By December 3, 2015 April 15th, 2019 No Comments


  • The “militarization of fitness,” or the misguided belief that waging “war” on your body is the best way to achieve results, is not a sustainable way to maintain physical health.
  • There are several methods of fitness that can help you understand your body and learn how to nourish, strengthen, and heal, instead of destroy it by pushing yourself to extremes.
  • Confronting your limits and learning to handle discomfort are vital to reaching your fitness goals, but finding moderation and listening to your body’s needs is ultimately key.

We live in the age of CrossFit and trendy exercise methods that leave our bodies broken and sore in the name of “fitness” and achieving certain physical standards and ideals. But how much good are we actually doing when we wage war on our bodies? Jonathan Angelilli explains why we’ve gone seriously wrong with the “Militarization of Fitness,” and why we need to change this mentality if we truly want to pursue a healthy and happy lifestyle. It really seems that we live in a culture so immersed in the idea of aggression that it has seeped into every facet of our society, including our fitness methods and the treatment of our bodies.