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Athletes training adults exercise science, is like JLo teaching pigs beauty tips

Jlo teaching pigs beauty tips
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Can you name a star athlete that was not an active athletic child? I can't.

So if you are an aging adult, who was not athletic, or even highly active as a child, than taking fitness advice from athletes may be more problematic, than pigs taking beauty tips from Jennifer Lopez.

Why? Humans only have one powerful opportunity to build immensely stronger joints and spinal disks, and that happens while the skeleton is rapidly developing, which slows way down by around age twenty.

The muscles, bones, spinal disks and joints of children can all rapidly heal bigger, stronger and tougher after being correctly overworked, So a very athletic child is going to permanently build immensely stronger joints and spinal disks for their eventual adult body, than even their identical twin who avoids all the strenuous athletic activities.

Once the skeleton hardens at around age twenty, only adult muscles continue to rapidly heal to bigger and stronger states, after being overworked.

It is well known that the increased gravity from exercise can also increase adult bone density, but the skeletal conversations seem to avoid real talk about adult joints and spinal disks, which are no longer developing, and so really have no more good reasons to be frequently overworked by stout exercise any longer.

After the skeleton hardens, the time it takes for joints and disks to just recover after being overworked, continually increases. By age thirty the average adult joint or disk may need several weeks or longer to fully recover.

However, former athletes have joints and disks that were massively toughened up from an extremely physical childhood, so they can naturally handle immensely harder stress in later life.

The stout workout that still feels invigorating to a thirty-five year old former athlete can be excruciating torture to a thirty five year old who had an average or less physically stressful childhood, so the athlete may not understand (or feel) what the average or weaker adult does.

So maybe average to weaker adults are getting their fitness advice from athletes will be about as effective as Jennifer Lopez teaching beauty tips to oinkers.

Would not it be best if they took it from someone who was not an active or athletic child, that figured out how to become fit after they became an adult.

I would love to hear their stories. Email them to

A pig in lipstick can become a little prettier, and likely without any pain (for the pig) so maybe this is not a perfect analogy.

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