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Your body is your temple. Why are you letting it rust out?

Let me restate this if your body is a temple, why are you letting it rust out?

I am continually amazed at the way many people treat or mistreat their body temple. Love your body templeIs it because we have become so accustomed to living in a disposable world that we have forgotten that we only have one body? Yes, we can replace some part and transplant other parts.  But generally, we get one body and it needs to last us a very long time.

To me this disrespect for our body temple is a huge concern and why “Developing Your Body” is a foundational pillar of the Shin Dao Philosophy.

I am a fanatical believer that taking care of your mental and physical health is your primary task or life goal.

Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness  ~Edward Stanley

Neil taking his body temple for a run

Taking care of your body is not a sperate thing that you do just once because you have to.  To have long lasting effects it needs to be incorporated into your daily life so that it becomes a way of your being.  As an example, eating healthy for most people starts at the grocery store.  But it doesn’t end there. It extends to eating correct portion sizes when you go out to restaurants (we frequently take home left overs), drinking more water (cutting out pop- sugary drinks.) I am not saying you can’t indulge once and a while and have the can of soda and the big steak dinner.  But it needs to be the treat and not the norm. There are thousands if not millions of awesome healthy tasty recipe out on the internet. Google em, and try them out.  There are healthy recipes for everyone palette.

For those that know me, know I love cookies. Yes, there are even healthy cookies available and I even have tried some of them…  Hmm, hmm good!

If you are wanting to know more about exercise, how your body works and some great recipes for a healthier lifestyle check out my running coach Scott McDermott’s book, “If Your Body Were A Car.  You Wouldn’t Treat It This Way” Yes! I do own this book and No!  I don’t make a commission on it!

So let me go back to my original statement if your body is a temple, why are you letting it rust out?

I am going to be bold, to some even rude. The bottom line I have discovered is that if you don’t have a medical condition what stops most people from taking care of their body temple. Is apathy, it is not immediately important to us and we live in a world that many, if not most people only what to do what is easy and convenient.  Which is a train wreck waiting to happen in the distant future.

So let me leave you with this if you don’t have your health what do you have?

My 1/2 Marathon Experience

On Oct 1, 2016 I will be running my second 1/2 marathon raceNeil Canmore 1/2 Marathon.

Just an FYI for you, a half marathon is 21.1 km or 13 miles!

On Sept 11, 2016 I successfully ran in in my first ever 1/2 marathon race.  It was slower than I trained for.  Due to a comedy of errors on my part – self inflicted entirely.  I happily accept my time of 2:18:08.

Note:  The race winner did it in 1:24:30

Backstory – The race was in Canmore and the morning of the race we were driving to Canmore I discovered to my horror that I forgot, my water and food (fuel) for the race.  During a long distance race you need to eat to give your body the necessary energy it needs to complete the race as well as water to re-hydrate.

The race had three water stations so I was okay with using the watering stations to re-hydrate.  Food was the big issue for me, I had a couple protein bars in my running bag so I thought I was still okay.  In hindsight it would have been better to buy a couple chocolate bars with nuts.  Oh well! Live and learn.

October 1 I will be running in the Harvest Half Marathon in South West Calgary.

For Oct 1, I have created a check list:

  • Water Bottle Belt
  • Water with electrolyte drink
  • Gel packs (fuel)
  • Cellphone (Contains my running timer)
  • Hanky to wipe sweat of brow
  • Running Shoes
  • Running shorts
  • Running shirt
  • Socks
  • Running pants – in case of cold weather
  • Running coat- in case of cold weather

After race gear:

  • running shoes
  • socks
  • shirt
  • shorts or pants
  • water
  • snack

So even though I stared the race on September 11th not under the most ideal conditions.  I persevered and I completed the race.  It felt pretty darn good to do.  I was actually quiet emotional.  I was extremely proud of my accomplishment. As this was not an overnight success, most weeks I was running a minimum of three nights a week and I was riding my bike to provide my muscles with some cross training. To build up my cardio training.

When I started training in April for the race in September, I had two goals:

  1. To finish the race.
  2. Stay injury free.

I was extremely proud and exceptionally happy, because I stayed injury free throughout my entire training and I completed the race.

My three goals for the October 1 race are:

  1. Finish the race
  2. Stay injury free
  3. Beat my September time , even if it is only by 1 minute.  My goal it to beat my time!