Like I said before, there are just two simplistic goals in life, that I strive for and I personally think everyone owes it to this earth and their selves to strive for them. Namely, experience the world and reproduce yourself. There is no chronological order to be held. One can comfort the other or somehow determine the other!
Well, to chase these goals, it takes some courage to exploit your tools accordingly. For me, living in a first world western civilization, the tools to reach my goals are:
Since they are all interdependent, there is no order here. They are all to be completely individualized though. I think, it starts with health. Following the statement “a sound mind in a sound body”, sports and healthy nutrition are the basic for contentment. It is physiologically proven, that a balanced nutrition as well as regular athleticism forces the body to relieve hormones that cause the feeling of joy. The most important ones are Dopamine, Serotonin and Adrenalin, which can also occur in other situations, but they’re strongly connected to sporting activity. And it may be one of the easiest ways to relieve those hormones.
My favorite sport was always soccer, I played it since 1st grade and never really stopped. But that changes at the moment. With my son on his way, my studies at the one hand, my job at the other, it is still attractive to play soccer, but quite difficult to achieve. Soccer involves a team of up to 20 players and your success is also determined by your team spirit. Since I’m not longer able to attend every training/match, there is no reason to hold on to that. There is a shift in interests going on in my head. The ambition to win every match and be first place in the league is fading and the core impulse is to just stay athletic. I’m ensuring that with jogging 30km a week and two times workout a week. Long term goal is full control of my body weight through sport and nutrition, by 2017. Midterm goal is a marathon a year and the daily/weekly goals serve them both. That is how I plan: days serve my weeks, weeks serve my larger goals. On this topic every man’s for himself, but there should be a system in place to ensure measurability and regularity.
Nutrition starts with drinking enough water a day. For me that’s more or less 3 liters, depending on the workout that day. In general, 35ml per kg body weight is the guidance. Accompanied by whole meal nutrition, fruit, vegetables, lean fish/chicken and potato/rice your health goals are quite achievable. Additionally, those nutrition components facilitate the dumping of the joy hormones mentioned above. So you see, health isn’t a real hassle. It doesn’t need to be a six-pack or size zero. All you need is to feel well in your clothes and enjoy to great the person in the mirror every morning.
Next: two more intensive tools…