Health as a currency of the future – Are you investing wisely?

Health as a currency of the future – Are you investing wisely?

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This thought was inspired during a conversation with a good friend mine, Brendan. He made this ‘proud-parent’ comment (yes we are always trying to one-up each other!) that went something along the lines of: “well educated kids with a foundation of health will have an unfair advantage in the future”.  This really resonated with me, and I couldn’t agree with him more. We say that knowledge is power. But we also have to have the capacity to apply that knowledge. And most importantly, to gain it.

Much has been written about this before, including in many of our blogs: we know that the type, amount and intensity of physical activity one performs affects capacity for memory, learning and creative application of such gained knowledge; with the effect of of health on cognitive function being very well documented. So could health be one of the currencies that will help us succeed in the future?
It’s not unreasonable to think that those not in good health, those held back by physical pain, by health conditions will certainly not get the best outcomes, right?!

So, what future adults are we forming? What inheritance will we leave our kids??

I feel this challenge deeply. My most important job is to raise my kids to grow into well adjusted future adults, that will be an asset to their society. Yet I feel the pressure of our current environment already, with screens, Youtube stars and iPad games leading to my kids being a lot more inactive than I would like them to be. And I truly fear that this will affect their capacity to flourish to their greatest potential as adults. So I’m writing this as much to myself as to you.

I strongly believe that those that will be intellectually and physically more agile and flexible in the future will hold a real advantage. While we are living longer, we are certainly not living healthier, and that decrease in health will be a burden in many different ways.

If I could put this blog in front of kids I would be very happy, but it’s more likely that it’ll get read by adults… So it’s up to you to model behaviours that will set a foundation for a healthy life ahead.

Will you join me in giving our kids the best inheritance possible??

Motivational Harness #4 – You Don’t Have To Stink!

Motivational Harness #4 – You Don’t Have To Stink!

At a recent iNform Corporate function, I had the privilege of presenting to the cream of Adelaide’s small and medium-sized business directors, and here’s what I noticed:

They all dressed REALLY nicely!

I know…insightful!

The reason I noted this, above anything else is, I was there to talk about the benefits of exercising before AND during work to enhance productivity. I was duly informed this is not practical for well-dressed, nice smelling people who wished to remain that way through the course of their workday.

So I want to throw a spin on the perception that meaningful exercise must ALWAYS make you stinky!

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Motivational Harness #3 – Flow From Within

In my recent football article, here’s what I eluded to:

Is your workday structured around your physiology, or is your physiology dictated to by your workday?

On a very complex level, asleep or awake, our bodies operate in cycles. It is physiologically impossible to be firing on all cylinders for the entire day, and so the busy structure of our external world can deplete our reserve of internal endurance.

You can’t force productivity.

However you can nurture it. The coming installments will tactically address the requirements of your physiology to create an internal environment that thrives in external conditions.

It was recently presented to me that the greatest barrier to productive workdays were M&M’s! It took me a while to work out that this wasn’t a reference to tasty little treats, but rather the concept of Management and Meetings.

I once worked under a manager who, I’m sure, had a KPI to interrupt work as often as he could! He would constantly pop by for a chat, to see what I was up to, and to add new tasks to my hectic schedule. He called meetings for everything, and scheduled these – without fail – in the most inconvenient times for me. (more…)

Motivational Harness #2 – Internal World Vs. External World

Each waking day there is a battle between our internal physiology and our external environment. In the modern western format, the advantage often lies with the external. Many of us who walk into an office (of varying description) experience the pressure of a tight schedule to fulfill where the expectation of a work-day is grafted around constant output.

I’m going to indulge my AFL bias, and suggest that if our work day were a football game, the match report might go something like this:

Heading into opposition territory, bottom placed Internal Physiology were always going to have a tough day up against ladder leader External Conditions. With the roof closed on External Environment Arena, the home side took early ascendancy with Caffeine and Email goaling in the opening minutes. Ringing Mobile was busy around the packs and provided further scoreboard pressure while Caffeine asserted dominance up forward slamming through a second goal before quarter time. (more…)

Motivational Harness #1 – Finding The Elusive Character

I used to enjoy cooking.

Before I became a parent, the journey of cooking a meal included any or all of the following:

  • a nice beverage
  • experimentation with flavours
  • frolicking in the herb garden
  • good company
  • my choice of music

After I became a parent, the process of making a meal now includes:

  • a selection of steamed vegetables
  • some form of boiled or grilled meat
  • a tired, hungry little person who communicates her lack of appreciation for my cooking by decorating the walls and floors with it
  • Justine Clarke’s album ‘I Like To Sing’, generally for the fifth time on any given day

The end goal is the same – to ensure that everyone is fed – but the path to getting there is very different! Suffice to say that my levels of ‘motivation’ for the latter are somewhat lower than they were for the former.

How does this relate to exercise?

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