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Bruce Lee Took the Stairs

There's a wealth of information in Bruce Lee's book, "The Tao of Jeet Kune Do" - the first time I read it, I was impressed. Now, sometime later and with better training, I'm even more impressed. Little details and nuances stick out to me.

I'd like to do a larger post looking at his philosophy sometime, but for today I want to put down something very practical. That is, you can and should incorporate movement, motion, and a basic "training" into your everyday life, no matter who you are or what your goals are.

"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are."

That's the quote that starts the "Preliminaries" section of his book. Personally, I believe your body and mind work in harmony, and that this is inescapable. If you wish to be a scientist, philosopher, writer, or any other academic pursuit, you still need to train your physical condition. Your thoughts will be clearer, more lucid. You will have more energy and less distress. All things being equal, you'll live longer, and the years will be of higher mobility and quality of life.

"Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions. It takes intellect and judgment to handle such delicate qualities as these."

Fitness Goals I Will Reach By Next Summer, Starting Long Ago

On Runner's Ravings

I’ve been at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) for a week and a half, and I’m already more involved in the school’s culture and institutions than I ever was in my high school.

As I find myself getting involved with The Maneater, my residence hall, and the Missouri Students Association (MSA), I recognize that I need to take a moment and outline my goals. It’s easy to submit numerous applications and plunge into every opportunity, and I’ve had a blast doing it, but it undoubtedly necessary to stop and consider what I’m doing, where I’m headed, and where I want to be.

Here are some goals I’ve set for myself. For now, I'm going to focus only on my fitness goals. This is because I believe this to be the area of my life most swinging in the balance right now. I’m going to outline them as tediously as possible. Broad goals, I’ve found, are not very effective.

Run a marathon by April 1, 2014

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