The better we look after ourselves, the more desirable we are.
I love an analogy and this one works so well here.
Think of any car you have had over the years.
Some people take pride in their car and you can see that.
They service it and do more than what they have to.
Others use it as a method of getting from A to B.
You can see that in them too.
Often someone’s car can tell you a lot about that person.
When you buy a new car it can do a lot.
You can abuse it a bit, drive it hard and use it the way it’s supposed to.
After some time and some miles, things start to change.
Think of a child.
They grow, adapt and change.
They can take go for hours and hours without stopping and no issues.
The older we get as life wears us down, the less we can do.
This isn’t because we aren’t able, it’s because we haven’t done the servicing we should have.
Like it or not, we need some maintenance.
Just like cars, we need to have regular clean outs and health checks just to see if everything is ok.
You would rather have regular service intervals and diagnostics and spot something wrong before it becomes a problem.
The A to B driver could have an internal engine problem or timing belt that needs changed.
This can be a simple and relatively inexpensive repair.
However, gone unchecked, it can destroy the engine.
Sometimes beyond repair and you need a new engine or even a new car.
That’s a disaster.
The thing is that we can’t just upgrade.
We can’t trade in the old model for a brand new one.
We have to change our approach.
If you’re into cars, there’s something about an old car that has been loved over the years.
The cleaning even when it isn’t that dirty.
The servicing even though it has hardly been on the road.
Taking apart things just to check if they are ok.
The time, effort and love that has been put into it is rarely worth it from an outside perspective but you do have a nice car in the end.
The same goes for your body.
The countless time spent preparing good food.
Sourcing that good food.
Planning stretching sessions even though you aren’t working out.
Getting bloodwork done or other medical tests to see if everything is ok.
Sleeping an extra hour even though you can get by on less.
Don’t do things because you have to.
Do them because you want to.
You are in your body for decades.
The better you treat it, the better those years will be.
Just like an old car that has been looked after,
It’s a joy to drive, it has character and it will put a smile on your face.
Compare that to the car that’s been abused.
It looks and feels absolutely terrible.
How do you apply this?
The first change you have to do is change your mindset.
If you got an old car and wanted to restore it,
That process will take time before it is in good working order.
Your body is the same.
You could have been abusing it for decades so a few weeks of being healthy wont do much.
Once you’ve started, you know you’re making progress.
Change is difficult so make habits easy.
Instead of changing a bedtime forward 2-3 hours, start with 30 minutes.
It’s manageable and eventually you can move another 30 minutes when you are ready.
Instead of eating perfectly all day long, just try and make a commitment to a healthy dinner every night.
Eventually that will turn into another meal and you will learn along the way.
Instead of training every day, commit to just 2 workouts per week.
You could still train more but make sure you don’t miss those 2 sessions.
Once you have that nailed, you can increase the minimum threshold and increase to 3 sessions.
All the tiny particulars will take time to work and fit into your busy life.
Find what works for you.
It’s a long learning process.
Once you find out what works, you will love the outcome.
What kind of car are you?
The beat up banger?
The well oiled classic?
Or somewhere in the middle?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Fabio (classic) Bonanno
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Fabio is a health and wellness coach that changes business mens life without sacrificing the things they love.