Better Than Nothing

Ever skip a workout because you didn’t have time? Actually, what you didn’t have time for was your entire workout. We get locked into this “all or nothing” way of thinking when it comes to workouts.

We become so rigid when it comes to working out that if one little thing gets messed with the entire plan comes tumbling down. 

Let’s say you had wanted to go to the gym, but after a long phone call you only had 10 minutes left to workout. You’re tempted to cancel the entire thing, right? But why not go for a 1-mile run at your fastest pace or just do 10 minutes of burpees? 

You wouldn’t think “all or nothing” when it comes to eating or sleeping. If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal you’d still grab a snack.  If you stayed up until 1 a.m. you’d at least get in 5 hours of sleep. That’s because we view food and sleep and necessities. And we know they have a cumulative effect. Like investing for retirement, every little bit counts!

The same is true with workouts. View exercise as necessary as food and sleep. A little is better than nothing.

Isolation is Terminal

You know that movie where the hero works alone, saves the day, then rides off by himself? Yeah, that’s called fiction. It’s pure myth. No need for help from friends. Just one winning adventure after another.

Reality tells a different story. In real life it’s the team that saves the day. It’s the tribe – the band of brothers – that kill the bad guys and save the village. Whether on the frontier or the battlefield, when a man gets isolated from the group, he’s easy prey.

Your daily life is no different. Enemies like depression, loneliness, and addiction want to get you isolated so they can attack when you’re alone.

Every man needs a tribe to help him cover his blind spots. Not just a group of drinking or golfing buddies whose lives are in disarray, but rather men whose lives you want to emulate. Men who have successfully gone through your stage of life and can encourage and push you to do better.

There is immense danger in believing the fantasy that you’ve got it all under control by yourself. You don’t. Drop the Lone Ranger act and find a mentor or tribe in which you can confide.

Designed For Outside

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No one has ever said, “Go inside and get some fresh air, you’ll feel so much better.” 

When you think about it, your best vacations – perhaps your honeymoon – were centered around being outside at the ocean, or mountains, skiing, swimming, or just laying on the beach. Even when it’s freezing outside there’s something beckoning about an outdoor hot tub or just playing in the snow.

There’s something intrinsic within us that yearns to be outside. Magazines about the outdoors fill our waiting rooms. We strive for the office with a window.

Whether you believe we came from Adam and Eve or a monkey, we all agree we were meant to be outside. We were designed to live in a garden. On some level we all still feel this.

Yet today, electronic devices keep us indoors more than ever and our depression and addictions have skyrocketed. The answer to our problems isn’t a bigger house or nicer car. It’s a content and peaceful soul. And the peaceful, content soul we crave is best revealed in the sunlight coming through forest leaves, the moonlight over the ocean, and the starlight atop a mountain. No matter what you do, it’s better doing it outside - where we were designed to be.