My Fitness “dogma:” In truth I think being totally dogmatic about anything is dangerous. It is convenient by all means, but blinding. So, psych! I actually don’t have a dogma, but I do have some thoughts and here they are.
Working out is a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I work out because it makes me powerful. Sure, I love having guns, and if I turn to the side and look at the right angle – some sweet abs, but more importantly I love to feel wholly strong – to know that I am tough both physically and mentally. If burning calories or “earning” your food is the endgame, you are missing the health component to fitness. Any conversation you have with your body will be eschewed and one-directional because no matter what your body says, there will always be more calories to burn and your mind knows that fact like whoa.
How about change the conversation? Health and fitness to me is about challenging oneself. I would suggest that lifting heavy things dynamically, working in a favorite mode of cardio, BURPEES, and quality rest make their way into that equation in some way or form, but how they do is up to you. Enjoy yourself. Don’t feel like there is only one way to become strong. Relish in your own power; however you may find it.