There is one thing that is always with you no matter, where you go.
You can’t buy a new one.
You can’t trade it in for a new model, once it starts to show signs of wear and tear.
You’re stuck with it for life.
I’m talking about the most important thing in your life. Your body, of course.
In this day and age of yearly iPhone upgrades and consumerism, we are too used to trading in our old gadgets for the latest and greatest model.
Well, with your body, you can’t do that.
As much as we would love to have a super-fit body simply by ordering one, that’s not how it works.
You get one body and you’re stuck with it for life. It’s your companion through thick and thin.
How you treat it, will determine your quality of life.
One Life, One Body
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn
Our bodies are a finely tuned apparatus that the majority of us are not using correctly.
Modern life is making us more and more sedentary. This is the antithesis of what our bodies are designed for.
Thousands of years ago our ancestors weren’t binge watching Netflix, they were out hunting and foraging for their food.
They were active.
Since the agricultural revolution, humans have become less and less active. The move to living in certain areas, as opposed to the nomadic lifestyle of our ancestors has contributed to this.
We have become lazy, and as a result. We have forgotten how to use our bodies.
We neglect thereby barely doing any exercise and gorging on food which would turn our great-grandparents stomaches.
This neglect of our bodies is a crime. Our body is a constant companion throughout life.
We cannot swap it for a younger model, we cannot upgrade it. We are stick with it through thick and thin.
Yet, we don’t treat our bodies as the prized asset that it is. In truth, a lot of us look after our iPhones and laptops more than our own bodies.
This is the sad reality of modern life. The thought of taking care of the vessel that we live in is secondary to gadgets that are expendable and can be easily replaced.
If we treated our bodies with the care and attention they deserve, we would eliminate most ailments we suffer from.
Your Body Is A Tool
“Your Health is an investment, not an expense” — Unknown
Imagine your bought a brand new car. We’ll say it’s a Mercedes for argument’s sake.
You drive it out of the showroom, as it gleams along the highway in the sunshine.
You admire the plush leather seats, the fresh smell that accompanies a new car, and the finely tuned engine as it roars along the road.
Every weekend you carefully and diligently wash your Mercedes, keeping it in tip-top condition.
You buy the best wax to buff up the paintwork. You take your vacuum cleaner and suck up any traces of dirt that are inside the car.
You devote a good two to three hours to this ritual every weekend, and despite your car getting older, it still looks as good as it did when you bought it.
This sounds like a familiar ritual throughout the Western world, but how many of us pay the same attention to our own body?
I would say most of us don’t.
You wouldn’t put cheap fuel in a premium car, so why do we stuff our faces with fast-food and laze about?
You body is a tool, it wants to move, jump and run. It wants to be active, it wasn’t designed to sit on a sofa all day.
Our bodies are an amazing piece of equipment.
We can complete marathons, sail across the oceans, cycle across continents. But, only if we let them.
If you don’t use your body it will waste away.
Physical activity is essential to living a long and fulfilled life. Think about the last time you did exercise.
It may have been tough, but the wave of endorphins rushing through your body at the end, will have made you feel on top of the world.
We were built to move, we weren’t built to be sedentary.
You have to use your body, otherwise you will lose it in the long run.