# Inspirational

STEVE – HOW TO LIVE A GREAT LIFE

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An inspirational post for you all, that’s what I’d like to do for you all today. I am quite pleased that, so far, you have all been enjoying our posts. Thanks for all the lovely comments so far, we really appreciate it and it is highly motivating for us too. We like to believe that we are doing something worthwhile and that we are helping out. I had an online chat with my editor the other day and while she expressed her pleasure at our work so far, she wondered whether we could not spoon our readers with more factual information.

Aye that I agreed to do wholeheartedly. There is potential here, I thought. I am resolute with my theme for today. So, here’s what I’ll do. I’m going to juxtapose my own emotions with what others, qualified or as laymen and women, have to say about how to live a great life. I am going to put my neck out here and bet you that after my random reading on what others have to say about the great life we should all be living, health and fitness will come up trumps.

Purely for professional reasons, names will be changed where necessary. So, here goes then. Let’s see what others have to say for a change.

ROB

Two or more things settle the score as far as health and fitness are concerned, and in relation to living a great life. Right at the top of Rob’s list of recommendations is; exercise daily. He also says to drink plenty of water and eat less food. And he says one should get up at five am every morning. Well, how about that then. Rob, I fully concur. By eating less food, Rob, of course, does not mean that you are going to be starving yourself from this day forward.

He is merely stating a (hidden) fact that after switching to a wholesomely healthy and balanced diet, you will inevitably end up eating less food. I like Rob’s suggestion on getting up earlier than usual in the morning, but you do not need to take this literally. It may take quite a while for you to adjust your body clock from its usual 7 am rising time to that of 5 in the morning. More importantly, you still need to be sleeping eight hours a night.

TRISH

Trish seems to be emphasising more on the secrets to having a great life. I cannot see what is so secretive about that. Most of the time, we may have been blinded and the common sense answers were always in front of us. I have only one disagreement with what she said. She seems to believe that one should ditch our goals and focus more on our values. So sorry, Trish, in this day and age, we must have goals in life.

Health and fitness levels can only be improved if you have a visionary but realistic set of goals in front of you to work towards. Values are, of course, still important, but they should coincide with achieving your goals in life. I do, however, like what she had to say about passion. Health and fitness objectives will have successful outcomes if you are passionate about achieving new levels of good health and physical condition.

MARK

Mark emphasised a unique type of medicine that has been around for centuries. He seems to believe that laughter is the best form of medicine to make it through the day. Challenging tasks are always there for us and it does help to have a sense of humour about you when you’re battling your way up a steep hill during your early morning jog. There is also the other classic mantra of ‘mind over matter’ that he mentions in his short essay.

This is a spiritual concept mainly, but applying it to your exercise regime helps. It does not necessarily mean that you must overwork yourself trying to completing circuits on your gym equipment that are far too heavy for you in any case. You still need to be reasonable and realistic. Finally, he says one should never worry what others think nor should one stress over the vagaries of ageing. Living a great life by way of realistic health and fitness regimes will invariably lead to you ageing gracefully, looking and feeling a lot greater than most average and sedentary folks, and quite possibly living a long life.

ANNE

Anne was clearly on a mission. One of her highlights was to make a vow. That vow was simply to get healthier. She also coincided her healthy thoughts with doing every day things organically, like taking the stairs instead of cramming into a crowded lift. She had a clear focus on ageing as well and correctly suggested that the diet should focus on antioxidants which are good for slowing down ageing. And she mentioned substituting a soda fetish with water.

All the writers, I noticed, seemed to focus a lot on fear. In the context of health and fitness, many folks still have that fear in them and consequently give up before they have even attempted a first full week of good exercise and healthy eating. While one writer made the suggestion that one should not worry about what others think of you while you’re huffing and puffing around the neighbourhood during your mission to get clean, fit and healthy, the writers I sampled are unanimous in their view that we should all be thinking of others in the sense of asking ourselves how we can help them.

But before we do that, we should help ourselves. When you are finally in great physical and mental condition, you are more than equipped to help others less fortunate than yourself. You are brimming with self-confidence and always speak with conviction and authority when recommending to them your own tips on how to live a great life.