Being fit is not always healthy

Klantverhaal Michiel van Haastert

Fitness and health are different
With the Olympic Games still fresh in our memories many people have regained their enthusiasm for sport. Politics instantly jumped on the band wagon: more money for sports. Top sports have an infectious allure! And often, people think that fitness and health are one and the same. Few people know that marathon runners are often highly susceptible to infections and that many of the best athletes suffer from chronic pain and injuries. They are, however, extremely fit in their field of sport. Fit to give a specific performance, e.g. running a marathon or lifting weights. But these are very different forms of fitness: you can see that in the major differences in the bodies of sprinters or long-distance runners who have trained for their specific performance. It is not always healthy.

Exercise like we have for thousands of years
Being healthy is being completely in balance with your DNA: our bodies’ ‘software’ that is thousands of years old. Fitness can therefore support your health, but it can reduce it. Many people are not fit enough to be healthy because they do not do enough of the right kind of exercise. With top athletes we see that they put so much energy into their specific fitness training that it is sometimes detrimental to their health. The average American will get much more benefit from exercise, but then exercise that is in line with our ancient DNA programming. According to our DNA, we should increase the amount of slow exercise we do, walk more, sit less and stand more. Furthermore, we should occasionally undertake short but highly intensive physical effort that will not only strengthen our muscles but that will also have a positive effect on our blood glucose levels, our most important hormones and our cells. fit20 training is an intensive, strength training that has precisely that effect and therefore improves both your health and your fitness!