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🤸‍♀️Becoming Fit for Life #008: Getting sick & Boosting happiness

publishedabout 2 months ago
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This week in building health

This week I got busy- and then I got sick

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. I've been working hard to get everything ready for my workshop, and I'm happy to say that it went really well. But because I was pushing myself to finish it, the day after my workshop, I got pretty sick.

I'm starting to feel a little better now, but it was definitely a setback.

I'm trying to take it easy and get plenty of rest so that I can recover fully.

It's a reminder that it's okay to "do nothing"

This reminds me of an article I read a few years ago called "In Praise of Doing Nothing."​

It feels like in society today, doing nothing is often seen as a waste of time. We are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us we need to be productive, and that idle time is simply a wasted opportunity.

But doing nothing doesn't mean I'm not hard working or unambitious.

It can be a valuable way to recharge my batteries and rejuvenate my mind and body.

For this week: I'll get back into my garden

It helps me to stay present and focused because I'll be working with my hands.

I won't be tempted to pick up my phone and reply to messages. I'll try my best also to not use my earphones or listen to podcasts (that feels like work too since most of what I listen to is related to health).

I think I've forgot how therapeutic it is to be in my garden, to get my hands dirty, and to see the fruits of my labor (literally).

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my favorite health things this week

​The Insanely Simple Life Hack You Need to Boost Happiness and Creativity (10 min podcast)​

This week I connected with a podcaster Nita Jain. She puts out the podcast Evolving with Nita Jain, which I'm really enjoying. They're short and insightful ideas on health and self-improvement.

This episode talks about right brain activities- like drawing, yoga, journaling and how it can help you quiet your critical left brain voice.

​The Basics Of Fitness: A Program For Everyone (article)​

When it comes to fitness, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one person may not work for another. And what's considered "fit" can vary widely from one person to the next.

That's why general fitness is actually harder to train for than specific goals like running a marathon or powerlifting. With a clear goal, you can more easily create a training plan and know when you've reached your goal.

But with general fitness, it's harder to define what you're aiming for and to create a plan to get there.

A quick summary of the article is: If your goal is simply health and longevity, keep it simple and enjoyable:

  • Lots of easy movement.
  • Occasionally moderately difficult.
  • Lift some kinda heavy objects or do things that make you feel fast and powerful.
  • Balance, move, and coordinate.

​The more you exercise, the bigger your brain grows (article)​

A new study from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases has found that the intensity of exercise is linked to brain volume, particularly in areas associated with cognitive decline.

I think by now we know that the body and brain are linked in more ways than we know.

The study showed that physical activity is associated with larger brain volumes in nearly all regions that were studied.

In short, exercise helps you think better- and improves your cognitive function in the long term too

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updates on my work

As I said above, it's been a very productive month so far.

I did my workshop last Wednesday, and I've been doing interviews on how people build their health.

I'm adding another goal this month:

If you or anyone you know has been feeling really stuck in their health, and are looking for ways to get out of that rut, I'm accepting new clients to work with this month.


Thanks for reading.

Be well this weekend,

Javier