Life as an ogre isn’t all swamp splashing and baby eating, as you know if you’ve seen any of the films documenting the life of Shrek, America’s most beloved ogre. Fairy tales and story books have Americans believing ogres and countless other fantastical humanoids were innately strong in their day – born to super human strength and endurance. Consequently, they believe similar “truths” of strong and able bodies of this day and age. Shrek would be the first to tell you that there’s a direct correlation between his health and happiness and three basic truths about his existence. Those three truths are as follows.
- Shrek hunts and forages for food.
- He comes and goes where his feet take him.
- Shrek must protect and defend his home and territory.
Have you figured out where I’m going with this yet? You don’t get a body like Shrek without working for it. Period. Regardless of whether or not it’s the body you want, you earn the body you have. The fact of the matter is, in this day and age, the realities of every day living are quite different from 16th century times when ogres like Shrek roamed the earth. (They still roam the earth of course, but they’re confined to hidden swamps and underground caves - In hiding, completely repulsed and overwhelmed by the sense of entitlement sweeping the globe. If there were enough of them they’d wipe us off the planet, no doubt.) Population growth, urbanization and demographic transition have taken the three truths of Shrek’s existence and turned many of us into lazy, entitled, confused and unhappy human beings. How do we get back on track? Easy. Save your own life with these 3 tips.
- Be consciously aware of what, when and how you put food into your body. Hunting, scavenging and foraging hold little appeal for me, personally, but I still have two hands with which I prepare and cook my food. You can do the same. Preparing your own food has countless health benefits.
- Move with intention. If your primary means of transportation isn’t your feet or legs and you’re in a position to make a switch, make that switch. Walking, riding a bike, long boarding, whatever – commute another way. If your destination is less than a mile away, stay off the bus, leave the car in the driveway and save even more gas by leaving your fuel efficient scooter at home. Those of us not in a position for such a lifestyle switch need to make the effort to move the legs for 30 minutes every day. Too much to ask? Imagine yourself telling that to a caveman. Laughable.
- Make your home a sanctuary. Protecting your home and defending your territory like Shrek doesn’t easily translate to 21st century America. But if you take pride in your dwelling, maintaining its appearance, structure and cleanliness, you will live a healthier, more fulfilling life. Rid your house and your life of toxins that cause mental, physical or emotional stress – be it abusive lovers or harmful substances.
Follow my three foolproof tips for bettering your health and wellness (adapted from the lessons I’ve learned from Shrek’s exemplary example) and your existence on this earth will improve dramatically. It’s that or go on being a skeptic, a pessimist, a doom and gloomer. Do nothing, come and go as you are, wait until you think you’ve read the perfect formula and then act. Wait for life to hand you happiness. whack, whack, whack. I’m banging my head against the wall here! Change isn’t easy. I know that. Change comes slowly then suddenly. Producing results is uncomfortable. But you earn the body and the life you lead so stand up and take pride in what you have to show for yourself or take the necessary steps to do so. Your fitness is at stake. Not all star athlete fitness, not super human Shrek fitness, but fitness for life. How fit are you for life?