Are You Fighting Your Machine?

One of the commentators for the Tour de France said that Jens Voight was fighting his machine and that he always fights his machine.  Obviously, the machine referred to in this case is his bicycle, but it got me thinking.  Yeah, it happens every now and then.

Most of us fight our machines all day every day; we fight our own bodies.  The human body has an amazing potential when it is taken care of properly - given adequate sleep and hydration, exercise, and the right kind of fuel.  We fight against our machines when we deprive our bodies of exercise, rest and water, refuel at intermittent intervals or with non-foods or too much food.  Under these conditions, our bodies work against us, not for us.

Some of us take much better care of our cars than we do our bodies.  We get the oil changed every 3000 miles and follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance plan.  Why?  Because that is how we keep our cars running optimally.  It is how we extend the life of the car.  Yet, a car can easily be replaced or fixed if it breaks down.  Our bodies cannot.

We have one vehicle, one machine, to get through life with.  Every time you eat (or don't eat) you have the opportunity to make your machine work for, or against, you.  Your level of physical activity also makes your machine work for, or against, you.

Stop fighting against your machine.  Refuel your body every 2-3 hours with whole foods - lean proteins, plenty of vegetables, healthy fats, and fruits.  Drink 100+ ounces of water a day.  Your machine cannot easily be repaired or replaced.

- TT

"Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn