Inspiration for a Healthy Summer

The Earl of Derby once wisely remarked that, “Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.” This was stated in the late-19th century, an era lacking the 24-hour gyms, TV infomercial-endorsed muscle-building short-cut gadgets (such as the shake weight) and nearly everything else that we enjoy in the near-cultish devotion that North Americans have for fitness.

We live in a society where, at first and uninformed glance, we can waltz from a greasy meal at a fast food restaurant into a gas station to purchase a drink, bar or powder that claims to help us retain focus, rapidly burn fat, make us tired, keep us awake and sometimes even make us intoxicated in the process. There is, however, no chilled and carbonated 12 ounce quick fix to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Rather, we must establish healthy habits, instead of temporary diets that lead to recidivism. Ironically, most of these diets are named after sunny destinations in coastal states where exercise cannot only be performed year round, but is also a big part of the culture. Have you ever tried jogging in December in New Hampshire?

The internet is an amazing resource when used wisely. We can find great resources, such as the two authors below, who inspire us with their passion and invigorate us with their knowledge of sports, nutrition, fitness and holistic lifestyles.

When it comes to finding health tips. Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple is a great resource made by someone who is not only passionate about health, but also owns a nutrition company. His goal is to, “empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness.” This innovative and inspiring approach reflects the constant questioning of the status quo evident in young adults today. Mark’s advice is free and found in a weekly email once you sign up for his newsletter. His twitter, @mark_sisson is also always full of invigorating health-related tweets.

Timothy Ferriss challenged and changed the mindset of entrepreneurs with his bestselling, The Four-Hour Workweek. Recently, he has used his creative approaches to challenging convention, along with 10 years of experiments, aided by over 100 renowned scientists, to create his latest top-seller: The Four-Hour Body. In his own words, this book is, “unlike any diet or fitness book … It’s more like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book for the human body, full of ridiculous stories, practical philosophies, and larger-than-life characters.”

Like Mark Sisson, he promotes the idea of lifestyle changes, rather than temporary diets or quick fix supplements. His passion for health and nutrition can be found on his widely read blog.

There is no better time to put to the test the resources that we have at our fingertips on the internet than NOW — in the summer. Take a moment and look at these two great authors and fitness gurus and be inspired by their stories and tips. Being passionate about your health can be contagious. Make some challenges with someone and accomplish these goals together. Having positive reinforcement when attempting to reach fitness and health-related goals is crucial. Whether your goal is to do 30 or 300 push-ups or sit ups a day or week, run 10 kilometres or walk three kilometres, or cut out that 1 a.m. cheese binge, your body will thank you!

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