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" To wild animals, movement is not a chore, not a temporary punishment for being physically lazy and out of shape, not an optional activity just for better looks. "
Erwan Le Corre
We were never drawn to the idea of going to a gym. We tried it once, but it didn't work for us. Completing a "workout" to achieve external goals without enjoying the process made it unsustainable.
Moving to a remote mountain village was an intentional choice. We aimed to foster a lifestyle that naturally keeps you fit.
In the mountains, the environment itself serves as a gym. Daily exercise is seamlessly integrated into our routines.
Carrying water strengthens the shoulder muscles.
Lifting stones and logs is an excellent upper-body workout.
Stomping cob for the mud house is beneficial for the back and leg muscles.
Construction work engages various muscle groups.
Climbing and descending exercises the quadriceps and calves.
Squatting for daily tasks improves digestion.
Modern luxuries have made everything accessible. Many unicorn startup apps are designed to keep us sedentary. Our desk jobs don't demand much from our bodies.
However, our bodies are meant to move and engage in physical work. Exercising and moving our bodies trigger the release of endorphins, known as "feel-good hormones," which help us relax.
What will be the cost of our progress? We have grown arrogant in our comfort, hardened away from our compassion, believing that our reality is the only reality.
For us now, hiking and trekking aren't just recreational activities; they are a way of life. We ascend and descend 2 km to our village almost daily with 10-20 kg of groceries.
The mind and body are inseparable. If you take care of your body, it will take care of your mind.
What if you don't have a mountain to climb on your way home? Even in cities, you can make a few adjustments to your daily routines and environments.
Skip the elevator and take the stairs.
Visit the local market for groceries instead of getting them delivered. Doing this in the morning can help you get your dose of early morning sunshine. It helps regulate your circadian clock.
Use standing desks at work, or even better, consider treadmill desks.
Walk and talk; attend calls while walking.
Suggest walking meetings and skip the coffee. It saves you time and helps you log more steps.
Utilize your lunch breaks for brisk walks with colleagues.
Perform bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, or calf raises while waiting for your coffee to brew.
Engage in yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.
Incorporate dance or body movement into your daily routine with your partner.
Plan active social gatherings on weekends with your friends.
Hit 10k steps daily.
Tired bodies do sleep well, but they also wake up recharged and ready for another day.
This Sunday, move your body!
Raghav and Ansh
What you can watch - A Netflix documentary series hosted by Buettner Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones.
One of the Blue Zones, where people go on to live for more than 100 years, is in Sardinia, Italy, where the highlands boast rugged terrain with significant elevation changes. The elevation and challenging landscape necessitate physical effort as part of daily life. This contributes to the overall health and longevity of the inhabitants.
What you can listen - Ido Portal: The Science & Practice of Movement | Huberman Lab Podcast #77
Huberman and Ido discuss all things movement, including the role of the nervous system, reflexive versus deliberate movement patterns, and the link between emotions and awareness in movement.
What you can read - Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
This book not only offers a fresh perspective on fitness but also explores the historical and cultural aspects of physical training that can be applied to daily life, making it an inspiring and educational read for anyone looking to stay fit and active in unconventional ways.
P.S. - Our second video was released last week on YouTube. Please consider watching, subscribing to the channel, and sharing the video on your network. Thank you <3
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