The importance of peak conditioning

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 11:06am

All of these treatable conditions...high blood pressure...diabetes..obesity...that we view as inevitable and not a carastrophically big deal.

Can make a big difference in survival when things arent normal like the CV.

Really, all these conditions should be exceedingly rare.

This would be a perfect teachable moment for the nation of why we all need to be in tip top condition at all times.

Maybe a presidential fitness challenge from trump


No, we need to get back to our normal face stuffing ways.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 11:08am.

"Shortly after JFK was elected president he wrote an article in Sports Illustrated called “The Soft American”. In the article he called for greater fitness for American citizens. The article starts with a look at the Ancient Greeks and the original Olympics. He wrote: “This knowledge, the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for the vigor and vitality of all the activities of the nation, is as old as Western civilization itself. But it is a knowledge which today, in America, we are in danger of forgetting.”

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 11:13am.

Thenjfk the fucking president took up the 50 mile walkchallenge. With his bro. Did a 50 mike trek w bobby.

It started a walking craze in anerica.

We are so fucking lame, pathetic.

The Fifty-Mile Hike
Kennedy's success was not just a matter of bureaucratic changes. Unlike his predecessor, Kennedy addressed the issue of physical fitness frequently in his public pronouncements and assigned new projects to the council. Perhaps his most famous intervention in the area of fitness was the fifty-mile hike. In late 1962, President Kennedy discovered an executive order from Theodore Roosevelt challenging US Marine officers to finish fifty miles in twenty hours. Kennedy passed the document to Marine General David M. Shoup. The president suggested that Shoup bring it up as his own discovery and challenge modern day Marines to duplicate this feat. Kennedy went on to say that:

Should your report to me indicate that the strength and stamina of the modern Marine is at least equivalent to that of his antecedents, I will then ask Mr. Salinger to look into the matter personally and give me a report on the fitness of the White House Staff.

In conversations with his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, Kennedy left no doubt that "look[ing] into the matter personally" would involve Salinger walking fifty miles himself. A well-padded individual with a sense of humor, Salinger turned his efforts to avoid the hike into an open joke. He finally released a statement on February 12, 1963, in which he publicly declined the honor. Attorney General Robert Kennedy undertook the hike, clad in leather oxford shoes, and completed the full distance through snow and slush. Salinger pointed to him as proof of the administration's fitness.

But the real impact of the fifty-mile hike was with the public at large. Many Americans took the hike as a challenge from their president. The Kennedy council capitalized on this enthusiasm with a national publicity campaign on physical fitness. The campaign was organized, extensive, media-savvy, and above all, countrywide. Material was produced for print, radio, television, and display advertising. For broadcast alone, 650 television kits and 3,500 radio kits were sent out. All of this was in addition to the continued encouragement through public relations outlets. The physical fitness theme even appeared in the comics page, as seventeen major syndicated cartoonists took up the subject, including Charles Schulz of "Peanuts" fame.


Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 11:17am.

What the hell happened to us?

The protests are people sitting in their cars blocking traffic

Maybe there should be a 50 mile protest.

Protest the state of our nation. Protest to open it, keep it closed.

People, this is judt gross. Traffic orotests

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 11:21am.

Ah wait Bobby went solo without jfk.

Good story.

On February 9th, without any training or preparation and wearing leather oxford dress shoes, RFK set out at 5 o’clock in the morning to walk 50 miles along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. Accompanied by four of his staff members, as well as his dog Brumis, he trudged through snow, slush, and below-freezing temperatures, making his way from Great Falls, VA to Camp David, MD. Though the last of his aides dropped out at the 35-mile mark, Kennedy persisted to the end, completing the march in 17 hours and 50 minutes.

Attorney general Barr probably gas difficulty getting up from the toilet. I cant picture him doing anything.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on April 18, 2020 - 12:07pm.

Scaredy, I love you more because of the stuff you wore recently You express everything so beautifully.

I ran into some neighbors who got so chubby lately from munching on Costco snacks.

What is totally pathetic is so how Americans have a badass attitude about everything while they pop pills to control all these medical conditions that a little impulse control and walking control would cure.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 12:54pm.

50 miles over 17 hours in dress shoes in the snow with no training.

Is it possible the nation is fearful and paranoid because we feel so insecure in our physical selves. Are the very fit and healthy as terrified as the weak and inert?

Interesting history.

Is it possible that bad health is making us less able to think clearly?

That our leaders unsound mind is at least in part a result of an unsound body?

If trump did triathlons, would he be less of a douchebag?

Would his wife not be utterly disgusted by him?

Would he become...sane.

I guess we will never know

Submitted by FlyerInHi on April 18, 2020 - 1:38pm.

America is a country of badass folks who believe in bootstrapping, and tell-it-like-it-is.
But the girly men are those who bike and walk. Everyone else drives SUVs from Walmart to Costco to buy big bags of snacks. God help you if you criticize that lifestyle.

I didn’t know that about TR. I too believe that A little rigor gives your mental and physical vigor.

As an adherent of “the strenuous life” — a believer in “bodily vigor as a method of getting that vigor of soul without which vigor of the body counts for nothing” — Theodore Roosevelt tried to get in two hours of physical activity every afternoon.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on April 18, 2020 - 3:00pm.

Peak conditioning, what is it?
Say you play football in your youth and you win accolades. But then you give up the sport and suffer all the maladies such as “high blood pressure...diabetes..obesity...”.

Temporary peak conditioning paired with nutritional and drug boosting can be very detrimental to long term conditioning. Our society encourages us to choose temporary high over long term stability.

It’s better to design a sustainable society that encourages people to walk and bike. But that wouldn’t be “peak performance” in the American sense. We want high school students to aspire to become sports stars while their obese parents drive them around in SUVs while pumping their kids full of performance enhancement supplements.

I wonder what Fox News would make of this video about biking urban planning.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 18, 2020 - 4:02pm.

Basically if you're not healthy to start with, the odds get much worse.

I guess I'm just trying to make myself feel in control, because numerically I'm in the elderly category. I'm the group that dies.

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