If you truly want to create the kind of ass-kicking personal transformations in any aspect of your life, then I recommend you begin with one area. In fact, it’s my belief that everything from excelling in business to climbing out of depression can be built upon this one foundation: healthy eating and brutal exercise.
That may sound strange. “What in the hell does training and eating right have to do with changing your life or achieving something?” It has everything to do with it, and I’ll explain why.
Three Reasons Good Food and Hardcore Training Changes You
There are three reasons why eating right and training hard are the foundation to real achievement and lasting change.
- A healthy body purges out the negative emotions that stem from bad food.
- Hardcore training releases endorphins (a form of morphine) which help you to feel better.
- Immediate visible changes in your physique are the quickest means to converting you from an undisciplined slacker into a real achiever.
So much of our attitude and outlook is determined by what’s in our bodies; and massive amounts of sugar, processed foods, salt, fat, etc. will war against your body’s ability to create the organic chemicals you need to feel the best you can. It’s as simple as the old saying, “Garbage in—garbage out.”
Creating Your Own Drugs
Not only does healthy eating help you to feel good, but so also does vigorous exercise. As I mentioned above, I recommend this as a foundation even for those dealing with bouts of depression, sadness, and anxiety.
The reason is because hardcore training (weight lifting, cardio, etc) releases endorphins which are a form of “morphine” that help to create a kind of natural euphoria, e.g. “runner’s high.”
With regular intense training, you are routinely releasing positive chemicals instead of assaulting your body with endless doses of adrenaline that typically get released when dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression.
Ever wonder why you can’t sleep sometimes even though your body’s tired? It’s adrenaline, and you’re creating it yourself. Hardcore training helps you to offset that vicious cycle.
Change Your Body, and You’ll More Easily Change Your Mind
Besides feeling good from producing your own healthy chemicals, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you eat right and regularly train with intensity.
If you get on a routine of healthy eating and intense workouts, you quickly begin to see actual changes in your physical body, and nothing creates a new belief system faster than this.
It’s one thing to try and think positive as the way to change your life, but a new outlook is so much more reinforced when you actually experience something physically. If you see positive changes in your body after a few weeks, your positive thinking is much more believable to you than if you would’ve gained more fat during that same time.
You’ll Believe It When You See It
As you continue to see changes in your body over time, your mind will better make the connection between action, discipline, and results. You will then find it much easier to apply that same connection to other areas as you become more disciplined with your money, your job, your business, etc.
This is all part of my belief that the foundation of all that we do and become is created solely with “human technology” and not drugs or therapy. Granted, there are instances when alternative treatments are necessary, but for most people, they could experience a radical transformation in every area of their life by simply eating right, drinking lots of water, getting rest, and training hard.
Have you found this to be true yourself? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me about your own approach to health and fitness.