Chapter 20: Fate of the Body – Prison of Sorrow or Palace of Happiness
* Your target:
Just as you have learned to train your nervous system
to create attitudes that will bring you the desired results,
the destiny of your body upon which your experience rests
depends on how you practice your transformation.
Transform and exercise your muscles
to create the energy and endurance you desire.
His goal is to break a world record.
During 11 days of intense training,
he continuously ran 21 hours a day and slept only 3 hours a night.
The mental challenge is just as harsh as the physical one:
he has to move from the familiar everyday world he’s lived in
since childhood to a world where his primary goal is
to take the next step forward.
“Whenever you see a successful business,
someone once made a courageous decision.”— Peter F. Drucker
He spent many years training not only his body but also his mind.
What is your target?
Prove the inexhaustible source of physical potential
that each person holds within him.
By breaking the old record
and running over 1,000 miles in 11 days
and 19 hours, averaging 84 miles a day,
Stu Mittleman proved that if one knows
how to control one’s mind and body,
one can create results far beyond
what society considers human beings capable of.
By his example he proved that human capacity is beyond imagination
and that we can adapt to anything
if we make ourselves increasingly rational demands.
The purpose of this chapter is
to share with you the basic secrets that empowered Stu Mittleman
to train himself to accomplish this amazing task.
I have spent many years getting to know people
who I consider to be masters in their fields,
and physical health and endurance have been an important focal point
of my life for a long time. decade.
When I began my research in this field,
I was bewildered by the confusion of opposing views expressed
by supposedly equally qualified experts.
“The road to success is always under construction.”— Lily Tomlin
In order to reconcile these conflicting opinions,
I make results the number 1 criterion.
Those who consistently achieve quality results are the ones
for me to pursue and learn from.
So it’s hard for me to believe that a doctor
who specializes in health advice
for patients who himself weighs only 30 kg;
Also, I have to question the qualifications of a fitness professional
whose own body considers barren and every time she exercises,
is full of injuries.
When I first heard about Stu Mittleman and his achievements,
I was really captivated, especially
when I heard that all the people
who witnessed his achievements said that
when he reached the 1,000 miles,
he looks stronger than when he started!
He didn’t have any injuries, not even a blister!
What has helped you reach the peak of your body
and still be able to maximize your potential without hurting it?
“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”— Bruce Feirstein
Stu must have prepared well for his run.
He holds master’s degrees in exercise,
social and psychosocial psychology
and is preparing his doctoral thesis in exercise physiology at Columbia University.
But the most valuable knowledge for him is knowing
that health and endurance are not the same thing.
This is a knowledge that Jim Fixx does not have:
he is a famous author of books on athletics,
he is athletic,
but he has no health.
What exactly do I mean
when I distinguish between health and endurance?
Endurance is “the physical ability to perform physical activities”.
In contrast, health is “a state in which every part of the body
is functioning optimally:
nerves, muscles, bones, circulation, digestion, lymph…”
Many people think that flexibility insistence on health,
but in reality they do not necessarily go hand in hand.
Having both health and endurance is ideal,
but if you put your health first,
you will always enjoy the great good things in life.
“Don’t be distracted by criticism.
Remember: the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”— Zig Ziglar
If you aim for endurance at the expense of your health,
you won’t live long enough to enjoy your beautiful body.
You can achieve the optimal balance between strength
and endurance by training your metabolism.
Just as we can exercise our mind and muscles,
so we can exercise our metabolism.
The biggest difference between strength
and endurance lies in understanding the difference
between aerobic and anaerobic training,
between endurance and strength. power).
Qi body means “with oxygen”
and refers to exercise of moderate intensity
but lasting for a while.
Your aerobic system is the endurance system,
consisting of your heart, blood vessels, lungs,
and aerobic muscles.
If you activate your qi system with proper diet and exercise,
you burn fat for fuel.
In contrast, anaerobic means “No oxygen” and refers to exercise in