Life Fitness

The benefits of exercise are well-documented, but they tend to focus on the physical. Exercise can also help you with problems in life. It's a "keystone" habit that makes a difference in so much more than your waist line.

The often overlooked but perhaps most powerful thing it does is teach you to be uncomfortable, to confront pain. In How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym, Brad Stulberg breaks it down. 

In a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity provides a rare opportunity to practice suffering.



This is an over-used favorite of behavioral economists:

What does the image mean?  Context matters.  We have this model that exercisers would choose the option that involved exercise (the stairs), but here is evidence that they don't.

So how do we help people make the best choices?  Nudges.  The summary of which is not to restrict choices but change how we present choices.

After this image made the rounds, someone put a sign at the bottom that said Stairs 10 calories, Escalator 1 calorie.

Suddenly, more people began using the stairs.

Modern Darwinism

Finally, I think a different Darwinism has emerged. It's no longer survival of the physical fittest (technology and health care advances have taken care of that or certainly leveled the playing field) but the talent and emotional fittest. There are a lot of truly talented people out there - but only those who have put in years of desire and dedication and had the emotional fortitude to manage it are the people you know or will know.

Can your talent be emotional stability? Yes. And I predict we'll see more of that in demand than ever before.

Brain Fitness

I stumbled upon this website that offers a brain fitness coaching online course. The graphic on the page shows the steps to brain fitness: 1. Cover the basics: nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental stimulation 2. Cross-train the brain: with meditation, reframing, biofeedback and cognitive training 3. Coach yourself: to self-monitor, prioritize and develop, implement and iterate a plan.

This got me to thinking. Does a well-lived life have a formula at its core? And if so, is this it? Or is there more to the formula? The thing the jumps out to me about this formula is that it doesn't seem to take into account others - relationships, community. No wo[man] is an island - fortunately or unfortunately.