In Greek mythology as a means to escape imprisonment for himself and his son Icarus, Daedalus constructed two sets of wings which they would use to liberate themselves.
Daedalus warned Icarus beforehand that their departure would have to be resolute, staying high enough from the sea so that the wings do not become dampened, but tempered as the feathers of the wing apparatus were affixed with wax and that flying too close to the sun could present a problem due to the wax melting.
The two exited the labyrinth prison and ascended into the endless blue sky.
Elated that he was free and delighted in his new-found, quickly-developed skill of flight Icarus soared and soared.
Being a bit cocky and also caught up in the moment, he did not realize he was very close to the sun.
When he finally did realize, he hurriedly flapped his arms remembering his father’s warning.
And then it hit him.
The wax had already melted and all he was left with was his bare arms. He immediately fell into the sea and died an untimely death by drowning.
Like Icarus we too are best suited to take a moderate approach for long term success in reaching our health & fitness goals.
Stay too laid-back, never really pushing ourselves too much and our wings will become dampened (always going through the motions in workouts, nutrition, not progressing etc.)
Like-wise constantly being too aggressive and over-zealous in our approach can also present problems (extremely strict continuous dieting without a reset, frying our CNS with forced-reps, endless drop sets, and other high-intensity techniques without regard to recovery etc.)
If we are not diligent with our rest/recovery, it’s a matter of time before the wax of our wings will melt from the searing heat of the sun.