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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."

What's the Secret to Fitness?

On Musings of a Dick

If you told me a decade ago that I would love fitness, I would’ve thought you were insane. Yup. Batshit crazy. That’s because ten years ago, I was a 220 lb couch potato that loathed exercise more than anyone I knew. Seriously, I hated exercise like Garfield hates Mondays.

So what’s different now? In terms of my necessities, fitness is right up there with eating, sleeping, and sex.

The secret of fitness is to learn to think of it in the same way as you think about eating, sleeping, and sex.

Ironically, the excitement caused me to wake up late from tossing and turning all night. After glancing at my alarm clock in horror, I quickly downed my morning coffee and hustled to the gym. If I didn’t, I would have had that nagging feeling of missing a workout, a feeling that lasts all day.

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