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Form Follows Functions

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It is one of the oldest principles of understanding the workings of nature, and its implications are far reaching.

SPORTS MEDICINE. When the anatomy is “dysformed” (think bone spurs, cartilage damage, boney impingements (eg.FAI)) we need to look for the underlying dysFUNCTION which lead to the dysFORMation. Surgical repair of the FORM is rarely of long-term use when the FUNCTION is not being addressed.

Surgical repair of the FORM is rarely of long-term use when the FUNCTION is not being addressed. Click To Tweet

FITNESS. The attraction to fit people is evolutionary deeply rooted. But it is NOT the FORM that is attractive, it is the FUNCTION, which is the evolutionary advantage. The FORM is only a representation of the FUNCTION (the daily habits of the people inhabiting the FORM). We look the way we act on a daily and consistent basis. For example : Exercising everyday will lead to low body fat, but liposuction will not lead to great strength & endurance. Because FORM follows FUNCTION, and not vice versa. And in evolutionary terms it is not the low body fat that is attractive per se, but rather the strength & endurance.

THE BRAIN. Thoughts are like a fresh path through a field of tall grass. When we have them only once or very occasionally, the path will recover within hours as if no one ever walked that path. But when we walk that path many times and every day, then the path will become a manifested walkway and can even turn into a highway. In that way new thoughts and/or new daily habits will turn into a new anatomy of our brain, if we use these thoughts and habits often enough. Brushing our teeth was a new thought when we were young, but now it is anatomy for us. That way we turn FUNCTION into FORM. So if there is a thought or habit we want to integrate in our life, we stick to it every day for at least 100 days to feel it turn into FORM.

So if there is a thought or habit we want to integrate in our life, we stick to it every day for at least 100 days to feel it turn into FORM. Click To Tweet

 

May the FLOW be with you all brothers and sisters!

 

Gerrit Keferstein, MD

Gerrit Keferstein is a Medical Doctor specialised in Performance & Functional Medicine. He is most known for his work on the optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite athletes.

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