mind/body

Now if you are going to win any battle you

have to do one thing.

You have to make the mind run the body. Never let

the body tell the mind what to do. The body will

always give up. It is always tired morning, noon,

and night. But the body is never tired if the mind

is not tired. When you were younger the mind

could make you dance all night, and the body

was never tired…You’ve always got to make

the mind take over and keep going.

George S. Patton

Nice one General Patton. Nice one.

Discipline of the mind is needed, yeah I agree.  One way to develop this is by MOVING! Exercise has a profound impact on your mind. There is a quick,  must-read book called Brain Rules by John Medina. It talks about how your brain and body are more connected then just by the neck. Walking gets blood to your brain, keeps the neurons connecting.

One super interesting fact : our evolutionary ancestors were used to walking up to 12 miles per day.  We used to have the bodies of Olympians!!!

 We weren’t meant to be sitting in a classroom for 8 hours.. that’s another topic.

My suggestion? Taking one 20 min walk outside  to break up the day.  Over the past 6 months, I’ve been standing while using the laptop more,  instead of sitting.

This one habit actually will help you get more  fit than someone who sits 9-6 on a desk and then works out 2-3 hours at night. Read this if you’re sceptical.

To sum it up:

  • Short Walks outside to break up work day – Obstacle? Yes when it’s cold,  Alberta winters be damned. I need to get Sorel boots.
  • Standing more when working. Try it even for 1 hour a day to get started.
  • Cold showers  – just for 2 mins, nothing insane. Switch to warm/cold to ease into it.  Improves blood circulation, more alert, can help you lose weight too.  Also helps you develop getting used to being uncomfortable. Land more business deals.

Just some simple experiments I’ve been doing past six months. Not gonna lie I go through cycles of sticking to these habits, but at least you’re self-aware of it.

PS: Thinking of getting the Fit Bit device for Christmas.