A few friends and I are reading this book together. Each week we are reading one chapter. On Fridays, I am posting my comments, then giving them the opportunity to add their thoughts as well. If you would like to join us or simply find out more about the book, you can read about it here.)
Chapter 8: "Margin in Physical Energy"
- Ok, so I've dropped the ball the last couple of weeks and haven't gotten a post written. I'd like to say I wanted to give you more margin in your life, but that's not the case. Here's my thoughts on this chapter:
- He talked about poor conditioning, sleep deprivation and obesity leaving us no physical margin. A few paragraphs later, he talked about us not having the inner discipline we need to maintain good physical health. I think "discipline" is the key word for the chapter. Anyone can be unconditioned, but it takes discipline to regularly get exercise. Anyone can stay up late and get up late, but it takes discipline to go to bed (or and get up) at a decent time. Anyone can eat what they want, but it takes discipline to eat correct portions and make healthier choices.
- He brought up in the chapter how the three factors- conditioning, sleep, eating habits- affect each other. I have seen that to be true in my life and I think part of that is due to discipline affecting each of the three.
- In the last post, I listed all of his "prescriptions." I will not do that this time, just mention the thoughts that stood out the most to me.
- When he talked about developing a healthy sleep pattern, the big thing that came to my mind is going to bed at a good time. With electricity allowing me to work into the night, I often go to bed later than I should. Then, I have to choose between getting up at the time I should, or getting the amount of sleep I should. In my life right now, going to bed early is probably the single most important factor in my discipline- it affects so many other things in life. I am improving, but I still have a ways to go. (*Note: I realize that I do not have children and the constant demands that they place on the rest of you. I'm sure that if is difficult for me to get to bed on time, it can only be harder for the four of you!)
- I have a friend who studied physical education in college. We were discussing weight, and he put it really simply: it is calories in verses calories out. We can get really fancy trying to figure things out, but when it comes down to it, we need to be moderate in our eating and to be active in our lifestyle.
- Viola and I had to find out where we could get good exercise. I love basketball, but so far I haven't found a place with an open gym night. We like walking, but to get a good exercise, I need more than that. Also, certain weather prohibits exercise outside. For all of these reasons, we joined a gym in January because we need some vigorous physical activity (especially when we are learning a language- which includes a lot of sitting). That way, we have a place where we can exercise despite the weather and we each can go at our own pace. Again, I realize this is much easier for us without children, but that activity has helped us so much physically. I don't know if you intentionally make time for exercise, but I would strongly encourage you to find something to do. We only go for 45-60 minutes 3 times a week, but we feel the investment is worth it!
- I am thankful we are in a culture where the average person is fairly active. If they need to go several blocks away, the majority of people will walk. It is an encouragement to us to be active.
- One way I try to be more active is taking the stairs ... to my 7th floor apartment. Rarely do I use the elevator. (When Viola has me loaded down with groceries, I give in to the pressure!)
- I feel the chapter was pretty simple and straightforward: go to sleep, get exercise, eat right. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
I've had my say, what say you?
Discussion on Chapter 7
Discussion on Chapter 9