For the longest time I have known there is distinct connection between the human body and our cars. Both are intricately built for everything thrown their way and perform best when properly fueled. They both can run hard all day long, they stop, they start, they go, they idle, they turn, they need proper maintenance and fuel and also the occasional wash. Sometimes I think people treat their cars better than they treat their own bodies. We need to look at our bodies like they are the first and only cars we will ever get when we are 16 and will never get another. We need to take care of our bodies and pay whatever it takes to keep them running with all original parts.
To hear someone who says it slightly better I bring to you a guest posts by one of the top strength coaches in the world Mr. Mike Boyle:
Imagine you are sixteen years old and your parents
give you your first car. They also give you simple
instructions. There is one small hitch, you only get
one car, you can never get another. Never. No
trade-ins, no trade-ups. Nothing.
Ask your self how would you maintain that car?
My guess is you would be meticulous. Frequent oil
changes, proper fuel, etc. Now imagine if your
parents also told you that none of the replacement
parts for this car would ever work as well as the
ori ginal parts. Not only that, the replacement
parts would be expensive to install and cause you
to have decreased use of your car for the rest of
the cars useful life? In other words, the car would
continue to run but, not at the same speed and
with the efficiency you were used to.
Wow, now would we ever put a lot of time and effort
into maintenance if that were the case.
After reading the above example ask yourself another
question. Why is the human body different? Why do we
act as if we don’t care about the one body we were
given. Same deal. You only get one body. No returns
or trade-ins. Sure, we can replace parts but boy
it’s a lot of work and it hurts. Besides, the stuff
they put in never works as well as the original
“factory” parts. The replacement knee or hip doesn’t
give you the same feel and performance as the original
Think about it. One body. You determine the mileage?
You set the maintenance plan?
No refunds, no warranties, no do-overs?
How about this perspective? One of my clients is a
very successful businessman. He often is asked to
speak to various groups. One thing he tells every
group is that you are going to spend time and money
on your health. The truth is the process can be a
proactive one or a reactive one. Money spent on your
health can take the form of a personal trainer,
massage therapist and a gym membership or, it can be
money spent on cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and
plastic surgeons. Either way, you will spend money.
Same goes for time. You can go to the gym or, to the
doctors office. It’s up to you. Either way, you will
spend time. Some people say things like “I hate to
work out”. Try sitting in the emergency room for a
few hours and then get back to me. Working out may
not seem so bad. Much like a car, a little preventative
maintenance can go a long way. However, in so many ways
the body is better than a car. With some good hard work
you can turn back the odometer on the body. I wrote
an article a while back (Strength Training- The Fountain
of Youth) that discussed a study done by McMaster
University which showed that muscle tissue of older
subjects actually changed at the cellular level and
looked more like the younger control subjects after
Do me a favor, spend some time on preventative
maintenance, it beats the heck out of the alternative.
Just remember, you will spend both time and money.