Did you know that many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep. That means, without adequate sleep we are missing out on a major amount of growth and repair on our body and brain.
I keep seeing quotes like this one “Do what is easy and your life will be hard. Do what is hard and your life will be easy.” by Les Brown.
It of course sounds counter intuitive at first…until you take about a second to think about it. If you do the work you reap the rewards.
In order to know what you need to DO and who you need to BE, you first need to know what it is you want to HAVE.
That’s because the GOAL determines the PROCESS. You can only be sure of what you need to DO by being clear on what you want to HAVE.
In order to be optimally healthy we need to both eat well and exercise properly but if you have to pick one, it would depend on what kind of results you are looking for and what your current state of health, both mentally and physically, is. For example, if your sole objective is to lose body fat then that is where nutrition comes in. You simply can’t exercise away a bad diet. If you want to lose body fat and maintain muscle mass then ensuring adequate protein in your diet is essential, along with a calorie deficit that ensures you get all your essential nutrients. Also, if you are prediabetic or have metabolic syndrome, diet is the fastest route to fix that…you can often fix that within a week with a healthy diet. Exercise helps with each of these but it would take a LOT longer to get results.
So many of us are so disconnected from our Future Selves that we opt for immediate gratification and dopamine hits, and this short term seeking ends up costing our Future Selves big time. We all have to realize that what you we do today, impacts Future Guy and Future Guy is still you, whether you like it or not.
Your body adapts and becomes less sensitive to drugs like caffeine. Just like it does to antidepressants, sleeping pills and many other medications. Your body learns to adapt and the drug becomes less effective over time.
That does not happen with exercise. In fact, the opposite happens. The longer you do it, the better you get at it, and the better it gets for you. Exercise actually improves over time. It does not lose its efficacy, if it is done properly.