I just had a conversation with a guy who just past the 40 year milestone in his life a few years ago, and he was telling me about his exercise regimen. The guy was in good shape, no doubt, but I couldn’t believe the amount of time this guy put into taking care of his body. No less than 40 minutes a day as a rule. He said there was some scientific data behind his philosophy, but it was more emotional. He said that he met a guy while lifeguarding that was in phenomenal physical condition. He started asking him about what he does, this and that, and then the guy dropped the bomb. He told him that when he was 21 he was paralyzed in a car accident. Nothing from the neck down for 6 months. It doesn’t sound like a lot now, but can you imagine what month 4 must have been like? Not knowing if you’d ever be able to make use of this most perfectly built hunting machine again? The guy who was paralyzed said that when he finally got on his feet again he swore he would never stop moving. Let that be a lesson to us all the next time we decide TO TAKE THE ELEVATOR ONE FLIGHT OF STAIRS!
We’ve all done it. You walk out the office door and you’re faced with a choice.
Hmmm…should I go here?
Or should I go there?
“I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost
Humans are programmed to be lazy; to take the path of least resistance. It’s genetic. If you move less, you use less energy and if you use less energy you have to replace less calories, therefore hunting less and then you get to be alive longer so you can increase your chances of procreation. I get it. But we don’t live in those times anymore.
Your body is a well oiled machine. Use those legs!
So you decide to take the stairs. What is that?
Is that? Oh my god is that $5? Just on the ground. Looks like there’s a note…
Now you and I both know that you’re going to take the stairs every single time, at least in that building anyway.