We’ve discussed over the past couple of weeks the skeletal stresses that gaming incurs and how important stretching and exercise are going to be to (p)rehab those issues. Now we're moving on to actual movement and motivation.
To Exercise, or Not to Exercise
We all know exercise is good for us. It improves your mood, it relieves stress from your body, it helps you fit into your pants a little better, and there's also a possible connection between exercise and increased creativity.
In general, exercise enhances the brain's performance. John Ratey, MD, did an exceptionally interesting hour-long talk published by MIT about some of the evolutionary evidence that supports the connection between the two.
However, motivation still alludes so many of us. It seems insane that with all the evidence pointing towards exercise being so good for us it is STILL so difficult to get ourselves off our butts and moving. Are we really all so lazy that we can shove aside the logical evidence presented to us?
Well yeah. We are. It’s in our genes.
Fitting Into Your Genes
Daniel Lieberman, Harvard professor of human evolutionary biology, is most well known for his studies peering into the evolutionary history of humans and how natural selection created one of the best endurance athletes in the animal kingdom. His work showed that the minor adaptations, such as shorter toes and heel bones or the ability to cool off through sweating, made our ancestors the kings of persistence hunting.
His more recent work explores how we also evolved with a propensity towards laziness. The physiological changes show how our ancestors evolved in order to efficiently exert energy, but conservation was just as crucial. As food was scarce, resting was key to keep enough energy for survival and reproduction. In Lieberman's words, “No hunter-gatherer goes out for a jog… they go out to forage, they go out to work… anything else would be unwise...maladaptive.”
Muscles are costly to maintain, using about 25% of our daily calories. We evolved to have our muscles self-cannibalize as an adaptive mechanism in order to lower our energy consumption whenever we had the opportunity to rest.The issue now is that it’s the first point in human history where it is feasible to live a life devoid of activity.
My Mind's Telling Me NO, But My Body ... My Body Keeps Telling Me YEAH!
When logic steps in and tells you “Wow, my body is suffering, we should exercise,” you get two million years of natural selection and instinct screaming back, “We have food! We don’t need to go hunt! Don’t do it! Stay down!” And we do!
Think about it. We have get up from our bed to sit in a chair, only to get into a chair with an engine to drive off to our work where we sit in another chair. We can order food online to be delivered to us, we can engage socially with our friends online. The result is that mechanisms for reducing our energy expenditure are going too far and manifesting as diseases.
In the absence of physical activity, our muscles can atrophy. Without the mechanical stimulation of light impact like running, the processes and repair mechanisms that are so crucial to our skeletal maintenance suffer. Lacking exercise, our circulatory system stiffens and our arteries become brittle, the heart pumping less and our metabolism slowing, leading to heart disease, osteoporosis, and exhaustion.
So when your body is screaming "YES!" to laziness, you have to overcome that instinct. You need to lower the barriers to activation and motivate yourself to move.
We find motivation alludes us. We too can be lazy. That’s why we made a drink to solve the problem for us: Prelixir. We needed something to spark change in our lives that was different than what was available on the market.
We wanted to have a convenient all-in-one tool to balance out the cultural-evolutionary war playing with our passions. To have something that would help us in the short term, medium term, and long term:
- Short-term: motivate us to move and regulate our bodies juxtaposed demands for rest and exercise;
- Mid-term: support our digestive, immune, and circulatory systems by helping relax those stiffening and clogged arteries;
- Long-term: support true vitality and our quest for balancing our modern passions with our primordial instincts .
Prelixir is our pre-workout, our energy potion, and our full-time life support. Our unique ingredient list combines classic pre-workout staples like beta alanine and creatine to support and inspire physical performance, while also promoting gut health and our immune system with the inclusion of citrulline malate and ginger root. Its is chock-full of antioxidants like beetroot, cacao, caffeine and green tea extract and includes cinnamon and eleuthero root to help with our sedentary blood sugar levels.
We don't want people feeling guilty for being lazy, but we do want to equip you with the tools necessary to lower the barriers to activation in your life.