I’m back yammering about how to use a flexible approach to be a more robust human that can train harder, recover faster, and do it while enhancing your health. The key linchpin concept for the next level is based on the idea of “adaptive homeostasis.”
Whoa there, Dr. Nerd. Those are some uber nerdy terms back-to-back.
“. the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.”
Ok, so that may not have helped you.
Homeostasis is the ability of your body to hold a parameter fixed, despite other stressors. For example, your average body temp is 98.6F.
The body must hold within a few degrees of that temperature otherwise you are dead….
But you can do like your favorite nerd herd and convert a perfectly good 15.6 square foot chest freezer into a cold-water immersion tank and sit in 42 F water for three to five minutes without shivering.
This is an attainable “feat” for almost everyone too.
Despite the cold temp, my core body temp is not anywhere near a critical level where it becomes dangerous. Because my body has mechanisms to keep my core temperature stable.
You can go the other direction and hang out in a sauna at high temperatures without a big change in core body temperature.
Or you can do like the Finnish people do and go buck naked and jump in a cold lake. Been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Now you’re combining modalities on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The intrinsic process of homeostasis allows your body to be exposed to colder and hotter temperatures and still be ok.
In truth, your body gets a bit better from this controlled exposure.
Just like training your biceps with curls results in a stronger biceps and over time, more muscle (positive adaptations). You can train these “homeostatic regulators” to reach the next level of fitness, robustness, and improve your health to boot.
Stay tuned for more data on what happens to the normal window lickers at Planet Fitness who do not use these methods….
(Hint) They’re going backwards.
Homeostasis for the win!
Dr. Mike T Nelson
Dr. Mike T Nelson
PhD, MSME, CISSN, CSCS Carrick Institute Adjunct Professor Dr. Mike T. Nelson has spent 18 years of his life learning how the human body works, specifically focusing on how to properly condition it to burn fat and become stronger, more flexible, and healthier. He’s has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, a BA in Natural Science, and an MS in Biomechanics. He’s an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He’s been called in to share his techniques with top government agencies. The techniques he’s developed and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.
- PhD in Exercise Physiology
- BA in Natural Science
- MS in Biomechanics
- Adjunct Professor in Human
- Performance for Carrick Institute for Functional Neurology
- Adjunct Professor and Member of American College of Sports Medicine
- Instructor at Broadview University
- Professional Nutritional
- Member of the American Society for Nutrition
- Professional Sports Nutrition
- Member of the International Society for Sports Nutrition
- Professional NSCA Member
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