BODY STRATEGIES

(photo: Pink Sherbet Photography)

You are in charge; take responsibility for your body and your energy level. Fuel your body wisely and reap the results.

Although this is primarily a mental training program, it is important for you to give your body the right kind of fuel for maximum achievement.

You cannot perform at the height of your abilities—mentally or physically—on low-performance foods. This is to say that eating at a fast food restaurant is not the best way to increase the speed of your kicks, nor will it help you resolve complex problems in life.

Lacking in physical acuity is something you feel; you know you are not up to speed. You know you are not faster or more agile than your opponent. You know you cannot outrun your challenges. No one has to tell you. But what will you do about it?

Biting off more than you can do…

Okay, let’s talk about diet, and before I continue using a word that includes the word “die” in it, let me explain what a diet is: First of all, it is NOT the process of eating like a rabbit and trying to lose weight. Diet is simply what you eat on a regular basis. You don’t go on a diet. Everyone is already on a diet; it’s an eating plan. Some are better than others.

What is your diet? Is it an actual eating plan? Or does it just “happen”? Some of us have a diet of pizza and Pepsi, while others have a diet of pancakes and orange juice. Both are acidic. I am going to introduce you to the energizer diet and, no, I am not going to ask you to start eating batteries. The following program is your almost guaranteed source for turning your body into an almost endless “battery” of energy.

You are what you eat.

Food is important because it takes energy to train; food is the fuel we stoke our bodies with. We get energy from the (good) foods we eat. But this is a double-edged sword since it also takes energy to digest our food. So how can we balance this? We can start by combining our food properly to avoid spending too much of our needed energy on digestion. We can also eat foods that are healthier and easier for us to digest. There are many foods eaten today that are literally valueless – they’re called empty calories. They provide no benefit to the body.

“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

I remember hearing through the grapevine at one of my martial arts live-in programs something a student said after a tough workout where I must have appeared full of energy. The students were on a short break sitting together outside as I went into the main house. One of the students commented to the other members, “He only goes inside to recharge.”

In Spain, after giving a seminar that included a very high energy workout, the owner called me a robot. Looking back, I can remember other comments that related to my level of energy. And many of my friends see me as a person with a non-stop drive to get up and go. I am “always on.” I certainly do have a lot of energy, but I also face the same challenges as the rest of the world. I am an average person who is striving for above average results. The only difference is that I found some strategies that I could use to improve my survival in this world. I found ways to help me be the best I can be in my line of work. I also choose to not let excuses drain me of my needed energy.

Okay – before I continue, I want to make one thing very clear. This is a plan for those who want more energy. It is not going to make you smile if you are used to chewing a steak while swallowing a potato and guzzling down a bucket of chemical-filled soda.

It is a strategy for whenever you decide that you want any or all of the following:

  • More energy
  • Energy reserves to call on
  • Weight loss
  • Improved focus
  • Faster healing after an injury
  • Longer life
  • To be in better shape
  • Positive moods on a consistent basis

A person on this plan will lose weight, have more energy, and improve his or her strength.

The system I am going to share is really very simple. If you want something complex or full of clinical research, head for the health section of your local bookstore. Yes, I know you were hoping that this was going to be a recipe from some ancient scroll that I dug up on my trip to Japan. But it isn’t, it is just some simple ideas that many people with energy seem to agree on. But first we need some self-power.

We talked a little about responsibility earlier when we were discussing congruency and being honest. As you can see, being a success takes a lot of work. Responsibility is the realization that you are in charge. When things go wrong, you are still in charge. In the martial arts, it is the job of the instructor to keep order and focus in the classroom. It is an often challenging responsibility and takes a secure leader to manage people in this way.

Who’s the boss?

You have been put in charge of your body, so what will you do now? Will you let things get out of control or organize your life in a manner that provides the best benefits while still enjoying a great experience? So let’s repeat: Who is responsible for your body? Imagine a stamp on your forehead that reads: in care of: ___________ (your name).

Tag. You’re it!

You need to take control of your health and understand that your body relies on you to take good care of it. Imagine your body as your child, best friend, or loved one. It needs your guidance; it cannot survive without you. Your body has no one to turn to but you; don’t let it down. It is your responsibility to eat right and follow a healthy lifestyle. Until you take responsibility, it will be hard (if not impossible) to use and benefit from the strategies discussed in this book. You can do this by stating that you are in control. Demand it from yourself.

Are you poisoning yourself? Are you putting toxic chemicals in your body? Are you smoking? Doing drugs? Living amid noxious fumes? The common word here is “you.” No one is doing this “to” you. No one is responsible but “you.” You can be your own best friend, or your own worst enemy. It is all up to you. Others can contribute, but it is ultimately your actions that will result in positive or negative outcomes.

Okay, you say you want to kick high, climb high, fly high, and do it all over again the very next day. As this is a book about survival, I will break down the strategy for maximizing your energy into the four requirements our body needs to survive:

  1. Air
  2. Water
  3. Food
  4. Rest

All four of these are fuels that get and keep our bodies in motion. This is what we need to keep up with the energizer bunny. Just remember, a body in motion stays in motion; so if you stop any of these habits, you are going to slow down.

“Americans have a shorter life expectancy than people in 41 other countries — even though Americans spend more on health care, on average, than people anywhere else.”

Dr. Mark Stengler

In the following chapters, we will break down the four components of a healthy lifestyle, beginning with (gasp!) the air we breathe.

Winjitsu Work Out

For one week, monitor and write down everything you eat and drink. At the end of the week, review what you’ve written. Is this a diet of health, longevity, and energy?

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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