Do you ever dream about what it would feel like to max out as a human being? Use yourself up completely?
I wonder about that a lot.
I am fascinated with people like Tim Ferris of The 4-Hour Workweek and Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines. Those guys seem to be living so much larger than I am.
And even though I don’t want to live their lives, I do want to have as much passion and enthusiasm and discipline and moxie for my own interests as they do for theirs.
It’s all about energy. And having a ton of it. When you have energy (are rested and well fed) you can move your projects forward. You feel like a world beater.
When you’re tired and exhausted, or worse, bored, you can’t do squat.
Healthy, active, vital people are the only ones who can make things happen in their own lives, and in the world. Healthy people are the only ones who can move their lives and their projects forward.
They don’t call in sick. They are reliable. They get the job done. And for that reason they are extremely valuable to everyone around them.
Don’t you want to be like that?
To be healthy you have to move your body. There’s no two ways about it.
Walk. Log 10K steps on your Fitbit. Do yoga. Every day. Rain or shine.
Find a body practice you like to do that is not dependent on other people, the weather, or fancy equipment, and do it most days. No tennis, no golf, no swimming. Those are all too complicated. Fun, yes, but not for a daily body practice. Find something simple with no built-in excuses for why you can’t do it.
Also: watch your fuel. Make sure you put mostly high octane in your tank. If you’ve gotten off-track with your food, get back on track. Hire a health coach for a few months if you have to, and get back to healthy eating. Eat green things every day. And move.
I’m a yoga teacher, so I have a bias towards yoga as the perfect body practice, so let me give you my argument for why yoga should be your daily body thing.
You can do it by yourself, or in a class with others.
You can find free classes and instruction on YouTube.
You don’t need any fancy equipment.
You can start at any age and at any level of fitness.
You don’t have to be bendy or flexible (it will create that in time.)
You will stretch and strengthen your body, and focus your mind.
In 20 minutes a day.
I am also a huge fan of walking. Get a FitBit or a VivoFit or some gadget you can wear on your wrist and start logging steps. There is a latin saying, solvitur ambulando. It means, walking solves everything.
If you have a problem, take your problem for a walk. Walk long enough and you will solve your problem. Having problems with someone at work? Schedule a “walk and talk.” So much more productive than an office meeting.
Fresh oxygen to the brain cures lethargy and promotes creativity and problem-solving.
Find a body practice and commit to it today. It is key for project development.