John F Kennedy: "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth"
Conformity. Look around boys and girls. It is everywhere. It is in the schools. It is in your workplace. It is in your personal life. Most people want to be like everyone else. They want to fit in. They don't want to be an outcast. They don't want to stand out. But let me tell you one thing, being an outcast is where success, health and ultimately, happiness lie.
Sadly, in this country, conformity equals unhealthy. We work long hours and rationalize it by the amount of money we pull in. We skip working out for happy hour and pizza with friends. We watch too much television and don't get enough sleep. The result of all this is very scary: Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight. In a time when wealth is in abundance, our health as a country is deteriorating. I am reminded of a quote that I read a few years ago from 19th century historian Miroslav Tyrs, "only decaying nations perish". When I read this, I wondered, could this unhealthiness as a country be part of our issues socially?
What we do each and every day determines what we forego. Where your focus goes, that is where the energy flows. Your focus for today will become your focus for the week. Your focus for the week will become your focus for the month, and before you know it, months become years and years become decades and decades become a lifetime. If you don't shift your focus today, better yet right now, you may never!
Conformity, being like the masses of the unhealthy, is no way to live. We must take a stand and strive to be uncommon. I watched a clip of a Jordan Peterson lecture and he said, "you should do what everyone else does unless there is a very good reason not to do it". To me, your health is a pretty damn good reason to stand out and be different!
So where do you start? For one, get up and move your body more. This does not have to be complex. Take a 10 minute walk before dinner, or better yet, before every meal. Speaking of meals, eat like a grownup. We all know what this means. No fruity pebbles, lucky charms, fish sticks, doritos, skittles, soda and so on. Cut all that stuff out! Lastly, make an effort to do some type of resistance training. Swimming, biking, climbing, hiking, lifting weights, or anything else you can think of!
Lastly, your mindset should be as follows: little and often over the long haul. This may seem counterintuitive, but remember, we are trying to be different here! The goal is to train for a lifetime. Adherence over the long haul is going to require your workouts to be sustainable. Remember, success is like the erection of a building. It is one brick laid upon another.