This quote by Simon Sinek has recently been showing up for me again and again and I want to talk a little bit about why I think this simple action is so important. If you have seen the video posted below you know that Simon is aiming this speech towards big businesses and corporations but I truly believe that these same principles apply to everyone no matter if you are trying to be a leader or not. Starting with why is valuable to create a better version of yourself today than yesterday, and tomorrow a better version than today.
There are several different aspects that feed into your overall quality of life, things like family, work, friends, health, fitness, spirituality, and more. When I look at my life and how I want my quality of life to be for years into the future I think of a few things. I want to be able to do what I am doing today 40-50-60 years from now. This means surfing, swimming, diving, running, ultimate frisbee, backpacking, hiking, and exploring the world using my body. I also want to be able to live free on chronic disease for as long as I live. When I look at what single aspect of my life will be most important in making that happen I think HEALTH. Health still has many different layers under it but overall health is extremely important to me. You might not feel the same way and that's okay. You might be someone who decides that career is the most important thing in your life, or someone else might say that family is the most important thing in their life. This is the starting point to creating the most value for YOURSELF, no matter what that factor is, as long as you know WHY. I want to share my why with all of you and how I go about the process so that you can create your own why and start the journey on the road to a better you.
I believe that every single one of us was born with an incredible body and a gift to experience this creation with it. I also believe that it is our duty to protect and take care of the gift that we have been given. I think protecting that gift means pursuing health and wellness like you mean it. It means using your body to breathe, to sweat, to explore, to smile, to smell, to experience the world around us. It means being able to do those things for the majority of your life, if not the entirety of it. I believe that the best way we can do this is through the creed of "world class fitness in 100 words" Not so that we can spend hours in the gym, not so we have say we have a skinny waist, not so that show everyone that "paleo" is the best diet, not so that we can consume products and supplements that will make us "healthier" or "fitter". I believe this creed does one amazing and incredible thing for us and I would stand by it day after day after day.
TO LIVE LIFE, AND LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST
The Road to Better Health isn't affiliated with CrossFit Inc in any way but we believe that they hit the nail right on the head. Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, Performed at High Intensity is the ticket to a safe, effective, and efficient exercise program that serves as a base for our healthier and happier lives. Do things that translate to what you do in real life, mix it up, and go fast. I want to find something that takes up the least amount of time but is the most effective. I want to be able to "use" my fitness for things outside of my life so I am constantly learning, taking in new information, and applying it to what I already know. Using intensity (after mechanics and consistency) is the independent variable most commonly associated with with favorable adaptations to training. I don't want to spend the rest of my life training for life so I spend very focused and intentional bouts of time and energy so that I can get the most change for the least effort. You should too.
I do lot and very little at the same time. Depending on the time of year and the season of my life I do very different things. I LOVE to recreate. No not procreate, recreate. I like to be exploring the world around me using my body in most of my "time off" that means I am constantly learning how to do new things. Once I feel like I am proficient at something, I usually move on to something new. Here are some of the things that I have dabbled in in the past several years: swimming, surfing, backpacking, hiking, tennis, ultimate frisbee, skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking, surf ski, paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, unicycling, juggling, ice skating, yoga, slacklining, adventure racing, and more that don't come to the top of my head right now. It seems like a lot of different things and I am not an expert in any of them but I enjoy the challenge of learning each new endeavor.
Part of being a life long learner for me means I am constantly thinking of ways I can teach people what I am learning. This is probably one of my biggest WHATs of my life and likely my most meaningful. I am a teacher. Teaching doesn't come easy as you might think, it actually takes A LOT of learning (surprise surprise) and practice. I find an incredible amount of purpose in teaching and have chosen to pursue excellence in this field. I have been teaching CrossFit since 2013 and have continued to pursue more and more knowledge post grad now holding several certifications and certificates in addition to my B.A. in sports medicine.(My Bio) I have taught thousands of classes and seen dozens of people on their journey to better health. My journey to become a better teacher never ends though, you can bet that I will continue to seek out ways to make myself a better coach, a better teacher, and a better person.
I want to help you walk on your journey to a healthier happier life too and I do that several different ways, here are a few: Personal training, group classes, corporate wellness fitness programs, ocean safety classes, online GPP and personal exercise programming, host of FPU (Financial Peace University), and seminars on-site (corporate and private).
I'd love to have you join me on this journey to become a healthier, happier person but it's okay if you don't. I'll still be here pursuing ways to make this life the most enjoyable and fun as I can.