Bernarr MacFadden, a personal hero of mine, wrote those words.
He even tried to establish a political movement based on health.
You might wonder…what if? What if he succeeded? Would we be succumbing so much to a virus?
Would we be so complacent?
Bernarr had a lot of kids. At one point, one of them died. I forgot how, but his mourning process was unique:
Walk across several states to return home to New York.
Walking and fasting were this dude’s answer to nearly every problem!
Problem is, these days we’ve lost an appetite for fundamentals.
Try this. Stretch your arms over your head as high as possible. This naturally lifts the chest, and to some extent the head, so that the spine is pulled erect.
Maintain this position for a moment, fixing the position of your back in your mind, then lower you arms. As you lower your arms, work to maintain the position of the spine.
Long and tall, the posture credo.
Simple stuff, eh?
Will you do it?
Of course *you* will.
But what about everyone else?
Jowett calls it “lighting the flame.” It’s where one enthusiast ignites the flame of another…and another.
This is gut check time. I’m not going to lie. I’ve had some struggling days.
In fact, a big reason I put together Lean, Healthy, Strong is to address just this very situation.
Which really boils down to if you want big government nanny state or self-government healthy and strong citizens.
P.S. If you can go from “this quarantine is BS” to “I’m working hard on my self-development program” – well, I think it’s obvious which thought train leads to pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
P.P.S. Don’t forget that posture technique I talked about. It’s gold.