Bruce Lee is quoted as saying,
"Before I learned martial arts, a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick. When I studied martial arts, a punch was no longer just a punch and a kick was no longer just a kick. Now I understand martial arts, and a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick."
I was thinking of this idea this morning as I was walking in the hills near Edinburgh in some wild weather. Yesterday afternoon I had the great pleasure of a Skype conversation with a couple of great guys - Marc and Matt. If you are not familiar with them please check out their blogs:
Marc - Feel Good Eating
Matt - Matt Metzgar Musings on Health & Other Topics
We spoke about a number of things but kept coming back to the simple ideas: go to bed early, eat well, stand up straight, cultivate friendships, look on the bright side, get and stay strong, play.
Like Bruce Lee says, we can get ourselves so enmeshed in the complexities of programmes, diets, science, blogs etc that we need to come back to the simple things sometimes. Yes there are scores of studies about the benefits of sleep ........ but that still means you need to sleep......we can learn so much about exercise and resistance training....but you still need to do it. So much information, when we really just need to take some decisions, moment by moment.
Does that make sense?