Strong body=A mind without limitations

Many people dig too deep down the rabbit hole of consequences when it comes to our decisions about our health and fitness.

They talk about cigarettes causing cancer when a more pressing issue should be how much it affects our day to day energy, our capacity to breath and quite frankly just how damn smelly it is.

They talk about obesity causing all sorts of fancy sounding medical issues down the line which people cannot connect to when simply telling people that it will hinder them in any sort of physical activity, like playing with their kids, walking the dog, or planning any sort of trip that requires physical exertion will do quite nicely.

We don’t need every reason to be healthier to be some do or die necessity to spur people to make some small changes in their lives.

A healthy, strong body allows the mind to be free of limitations.  That is really the only reason you need to take care of yourself.

After all, if you need the fear of hell to spur you to be a good person, then you were never a good person to begin with.

Steady effort

When it comes to being in shape, consistency is key.

But too many people get caught up in the minutiae, creating programs and perfect 10 year visions of how they want to progress.

Now if you are someone who is a professional athlete this makes complete sense, but for the average  person getting bogged down in these things can be a huge mistake. The most important thing to getting in shape is just to do physical activity, and as I said earlier, do it consistently.

It doesn’t matter what it is, just do it every day and do it well. Walk, run, jump around, get your blood flowing and your muscles straining, and you will be a better, stronger human being as the years go by.

There is no secret sauce, just the miracle of steady effort.

The veil of civilization

There are certain moments in life which shed light on the madness that is the human existence in our technology based life.

We have had no electricity in large parts of the province for the last 2 days, and it is looking like it will be another 2 days before it all gets put back online. Luckily enough for me I happen to live 5 minutes from my work and so have spent considerable time sitting in our bistro plugged in and warm, burning through the time with reading and writing.

Outside is another matter. The disaster on the streets as people attempt to navigate without the aid of street lights, fire trucks and police going by at all times.

Technology has aided us immensely over the years,  but our reliance on it has rendered us helpless without it. Thousands of people have been left without a way to eat and stay warm inside their homes as the snow accumulates outside.

The most interesting facet is realizing the existential crisis as people deal with the loss of access to laptops, phones and televisions to entertain them at all moments of the day.

We have lost the ability to be silent within ourselves and allow our thoughts to run free, an extremely important skill to develop if you are someone looking to do creative work.

People are also unable to go a few hours without seeing a text, tweet or snap, this constant need to be in communication with the world and our friends is a trap that social media companies have ensnared us in.

The deeper realization is knowing that if these 4 days turned into 4 weeks or 4 months, that this veil of civilization that we have all built up would crumble to dust and the savagery of our species would be on full display for all to see.

We are all playing this game called “be nice”, and it would be swept away in an instant without access to food, water and shelter. It’s a sobering thought, and one that more people should be conscious of, it might lead us to actually be a bit more careful with the way we walk through life.

Don’t take things for granted. Be prepared, mentally and physically. Don’t be reliant on technology for your survival, because you never know how long it will be around for.

 

Health 101:Our differences make us stronger

7 billion people on this little blue planet.

None of us, I would hope, would make the assumption that all of us have the same life experiences, grew up in the same environment, learned the same things.

We are all very similar in many ways, but overall there are vast differences in our birth and upbringing.

People forget that our differences make us stronger.

Yet for some reason people keep falling for these diet and fitness pushers. Those people who say do this one thing and you will be healthy, you will be fit, it’s a magical secret that only they have. It is ridiculous.

There is NO one way of eating that works for everyone, I don’t care if it’s vegan, paleo, carnivore, keto, vegetarian or any of the other thousand ways people eat. Each of us is fundamentally different, and what works for one person may not work for you, or it may work for some time and then not be the right thing for you anymore.

The same goes for training, we all have different bodies, different injuries, different jobs and lifestyles all producing a vastly different set of needs in and out of the gym that need to be input into our bodies to be healthy.

Don’t let yourselves be swayed by the masters and morality gurus, these people who try to make everything ethical. Figure out what works for you, find people you can trust, LOTS of them, not just one!  hear different opinions, think about it like a rational adult, and move forward and test again and again to the best of your ability.

The only way to succeed in life is to accept responsibility for your own health.

Be patient and kind with yourself because you will make mistakes, but it will be worth it in the end.

Just get it done.

Just get it done

All it takes is one decision to change the direction of your day.

It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, a week ago, years ago.

And it doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow.

All that matters is today.

This moment, this choice.

To do the thing that you know will make you feel successful.

And not that fake success of instagram, posting a picture of yourself doing something just for a like.

That deep satisfaction of knowing you did a good job, you did your best, you did what you needed to do as a human animal.

The simple things.

Be kind to those around you, even when they are not.

Be focused, be disciplined.

Lift that weight, take that walk, clean that mess, make your bed.

Don’t wait for tomorrow, because tomorrow doesn’t matter.

All that matters is today, and you know you need to get this done.

So just get it done.

Your body deserves more than junk food

People need to start thinking of a lack of movement as junk food for the body.

We all know that dumping pounds of chips, soft drinks and candy down our mouths is not the most efficient way of fueling our systems. In an ideal world we would all recognize that staying slouched in the same position for 3 hours staring at a screen is not the most efficient way of fueling our systems either.

The musculoskeletal system, digestive system, nervous system, detoxification system and even your brain are all interconnected and require movement to function at their optimal capacity.

You don’t need a 16 week fitness challenge to help them along either!

Just move, a lot!

And have fun doing it!