The fleeting pace that we take each day and the lack of time are very recurrent reasons for not exercising or eating the first thing that is found even though it is unhealthy. And if we declare that we do not have time to take care of the body, even less will we reserve space for things like meditating, seeking spiritual referents or having a creative mind. These tips are part of the 7 habits recommended by athlete and trainer Christopher Bergland, a lover of extreme competitions that boasts nothing less than the Guiness record of distance traveled on treadmill for 24 hours (247.45 km).
- Daily physical exercise
That sport is first is not by chance; For Bergland is the most important point that we must fulfill. This is at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, although it does not require the practice of a complicated sport, just a routine walk. The author compares our society with the habits of life of the pre-industrial period or during the same industrialization: the sedentary work is generalized and must be compensated with some daily “movement”. For this runner is very simple, “do not become a sports fan, but no one can sweat for you.”
- Intellectual Curiosity
The coach believes that spending part of our time exploring new ideas will make it easier for us to reach a healthier mind and body. According to El Confidencial, people who are open to new experiences and have an extroverted personality “are more longevous and have a better functioning of the immune and cardiovascular system,” based on studies carried out in both humans and gorillas.
- Develop creativity
This point carries the same benefits as the previous one, according to Bergland. He also explains that neuroscientists have long known that “the ‘puzzles’ that force a person to solve an enigma increase neuronal plasticity,” a complicated term of neuroscience that refers to the ability of neurons to adapt to new experiences Or learning. It also ensures that moving in novel and enriching environments reinforces neurons, while an environment lacking in stimuli “atrophy”. Moreover, it makes a connection with the origins of the human being to remember that its survival was due to the invention of technology, produced thanks to the creative ingenuity of our predecessors.
- Create human bonds
In order to have a healthy mind it is advisable to create a close social network and maintain the link with other people. The athlete, who draws these seven points from his book The Athlete’s Way, incorporates the sense of humanity into curiosity and creativity.
The seven habits are meant to help people change their way of life. It seems difficult to “become” original or more sociable, but for Bergland they are perfectly acceptable characteristics: “consciously taking the decision to spend more time exploring new elements and connecting ideas Related “is an example of how to adopt a new way of looking at life.
The runner specifies that his seven points are nothing more than a list of attitudes that people can turn to to change their lifestyle, “especially if their innate personality does not include them.”
- Have a spiritual referent
“Spiritual does not necessarily mean religious,” he says. In this fifth council, the author proposes that we identify “with any belief system that connects us with some source of inspiration, which has meaning and meaning for us and provides us with optimism and hope.” That said sounds like a very elaborate search, but ultimately it is about having intellectual references, which may be religious or even our own parents.
- Achieve an energy balance
This recommendation along with that of practicing sport are the only really physical that Bergland establishes. The trainer takes a historical trajectory in his article published in Psychology Today to explain how inventions and technologies have made us increasingly sedentary, both physically and mentally. He considers that the human “is made to run”, since in origin Homo sapiens was hunter and gatherer. However, sedentarism should force us to take the habit of ingesting only what we wear. This is something like finding a “zero balance” between the calories consumed through our activity and those ingested, also from the environmental point of view.
Bergland is opposed to the culture of excessive consumption and proposes a simpler and free life, in which we have only the essential without creating superfluous needs.
The three-time winner of the world’s longest uninterrupted triathlon, the Triple Ironman, explains that these seven habits are based on a combination of empirical observations, scientific studies and personal experience. As he says, it is a philosophy, a set of healthy attitudes beyond diets or eating habits, more demanding with the mind than with the body, which seems easy to meet, at least for those who do not have time to The sport (or so they say).
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This article was originally published in ElConfidencial.com
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