While I was working my way through college, I took the easiest remedial and elective courses possible in order to make the whole thing a tad-bit easier. ( I was also working full time and working out as well.) I can remember one of the classes that I took was earth or physical science and fast forward over a decade and all that I can remember is basically two things from the class. The reason for that is this week’s training commandment, The Use and Disuse principle. You may be aware of this law in your own life as well and how if you don’t use something you lose it and if you do use it you most likely will learn more about it and get better at the same time. This is all based around the nuero-plasticity and the way that we learn as humans ( or an alien if you are Roger!) You see as we practice something our brain makes it more permanent by laying down synapses and making what we learned more natural for us. Now if we take off for extended time we begin to lose that neural pathway due to our brain seeing that we really don’t need the adaptation anymore; this happens a lot with language and math and so-on. Also I stated before in a former post on over-load, if we don’t challenge something we may also be in danger of losing the brain adaptation as well. So this law must be applied if we want to achieve high levels of fitness.

This however, doesn’t mean that you will always do the same approach all of the time and expect to get results as well. But that is a post for another time as we go on in this series of my Ten Fitness Commandments. ( So stay tuned for that.) This doesn’t at all nullify any of the other fitness principles that have been stated as of yet in this series and in the other ones to come.

Rather, it should be integrated together along with the other ideas if you do, it is a recipe for success. So just because the concept is a law of disuse doesn’t mean that we don’t need a balanced approach to our fitness and some kind of periodization to get to our goals for the both the short and long-term. So remember if you don’t use it you lose it, so be smart and don’t stop training. Work to keep your adaptations and results as you seek to get better.

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