The human body is quite a lovely piece of equipment. I feel extremely fortunate to have one.
However, I feel like this privilege is frequently abused—and for no good reason. Given the fact that you only get one body, it would stand to reason that you should take really great care of it.
The best way to do that is by balancing STRESS & ADAPTATION.
One really neat tricks that your body can do is adapt to a stress (you can call it a stimulus)…
Stressing your bones and muscles will make them stronger.
Stressing your heart and lungs will make them stronger.
Your skin will toughen and develop callouses as a response to stress.
But the opposite is also true; if you don’t apply enough stress, your muscles, bones, heart, and lungs (everything) will actually atrophy (muscle wasting), and get weaker.
Whether you want to be stronger, faster, more flexible, or just healthier and feel more in command of your body.
If you can stay consistent with any stressor (good or bad) for a while—it will change you significantly. The more consistent, and longer you go, the more you will adapt into that behavior.
Yet, consistency proves to be the biggest barrier for many people.
The remedy for this, is F-U-N. This is the BIG SECRET to fitness. Find a fun challenge—and if you have a playful and flexible mind, you will start finding them everywhere.
A FUN CHALLENGE has 2 important components for growth:
Fun (so you want to keep doing it)
Challenge (so it changes you)
Today, I have a fun challenge for you to play with…
In this challenge you are balancing a stick on one hand (balance, reaction time, focus, coordination) while performing strength exercises with a brick in the opposite hand. Adding the component of getting up and down off of the floor without the use of one’s hands really makes this challenge the perfect way to evaluate one’s own orthopedic health. If it seems like an insurmountable task, it can be achieved by isolating each component and practicing them individually.
This challenge illustrates several things we should remember with regard to health, strength, and flexibility
– We MUST practice both high-tension and relaxation.
– Exercise should be a supplement to daily playful movement.
– Every time you turn an ordinary task into a fun challenge, you are signaling loud and clear to yourself (and whoever else is watching) that you appreciate the body you are in.
Whether you’re doing a cartwheel from the bedroom to the kitchen, or testing your 1-leg balance while you make an omelette, slow things down and work your way through. Enjoy the fact that you aren’t already good at everything—and enjoy getting better.
When you keep playing, you improve—and improving feels good, fulfilling even. After all, it was YOU that created this new ability.
It’s your ticket off of the Human Hamster Wheel, and back to natural strength and health.
I remember eating every 2 hours.
I remember logging every single rep of every single exercise I did.
I remember forgoing fun outside for more weight and more reps inside.
I remember chasing pounds on the bar, and running from pounds on the scale.
I was racing toward a finish line that didn’t exist.
Let me be clear, exercise definitely works.
In fact, this past week two people sent me different scientific studies that proved aerobic activity (endurance) and resistance training (weights) were beneficial for your health.
As a man who appreciates the benefits of science, sometimes the shortcomings are too much to handle. Do we really need to be told that moving around is a good idea for healthy LIVING beings?
I think not.
Move your body, and don’t be so fixated on the result. Just play and move.
Science says, GO PLAY.
Better Every Day,
PS: If you want help navigating the path to physical freedom, embracing your creativity, and finding your fun challenge, I put something together to help you with that.