2019: When you really take off
Lifestyle Dec 17, 2018
2019: When you really take off.
Here comes the new year. And what a year it’s been this past one! It’s flown faster than a flight booked through our tenant Flight Centre. Make that a space flight. (Flight Centre 2070: for all your intergalactic travel needs – it’s possible.)
Whatever resolutions you had last year you didn’t keep, now’s the time to make good on your promise to yourself: to get healthy.
Why wait until the new year? Rather hit it running… literally. (Not literally hit it, but literally arrive while running. This literal / not really literal definition crisis caused by the millennials has yet to be resolved. For now, literally is its own antonym.)
By running we mean exercising. And while running on the streets is full of excitement in the world of Grand Theft Auto JHB, there’s more safety to be had on the treadmills of Planet Fitness.
Not only do their state-of-the-art machines keep you literally (that word again!) on your toes, you’ll find opportunities to do other forms of exercise too.
There’s a wonderful diversity of equipment available to use to help sculpt you into your best you. Figuratively speaking. Weights and iron to pump. Rowing machines to row down the figurative stream. Life is like a dream… not literally, that’s a simile.
It’s not all about the usual gym bunny activity, either. If you want to take a short skip and hop in another direction, you could take up Eastern exercise forms.
For an ultra-bendy body, do as the gurus do, and practice the limber art of yoga. You will have to literally bend over backwards when you join, butt that’s a good thing here.
Then there’s the gentle martial art of Tai Chi, which is – if you’re into Eastern medicine – a way of tapping into your chi, kind of like the inspiration for The Force in Star Wars. You’re not likely to shoot lightning bolts out of your hands but it is great for your physical well-being. You’ll also be able to direct traffic really well should the need ever arise.
If Planet Fitness is good for the body, then Exclusive Books is great for the mind. How many people do you know who buy a self-help book, only to read the first few pages before allowing the book to make itself a permanent home in a cupboard somewhere.
What if for 2019 you do as company CEO’s all over the world do, and attempt to read one book every day (or at least, one a week)?
There are so many books on so many fascinating subjects that can truly help you to excel in life. Interested in running a business? Find a book on Management to get the best out of prospective employees; a book on Marketing, so you can make a figurative splash in the market you’re operating in; a book on strategy to help you with battleplans against competitors; a book on economics, so you have the fundamentals down in understanding how to get your business to make a profit.
You can literally teach yourself anything. (Well, the book is teaching you, so maybe it isn’t literal, and on that note…) Such as a book on English grammar if you’re not sure if you’re literally making literal an antonym (and a dictionary, in case you’re not familiar with the word ‘antonym’).
In fact, that’s a great way to expand your vocabulary, to expand your mind, since our language is what allows and limits our thoughts. The more complex our vocab, the more complex, theoretically, our thinking process.
Which is why as part of making a healthy mind, learning a new word everyday (and spending the day using it whenever you get the chance to in conversation) is essential.
You’ll literally make yourself smarter one word at a time.
Read, read, read. Books about history, books about war, autobiographies by those who’ve beaten the odds to become the world’s most influential people, books about science, books about books (yes, they have those… they’re normally marketed as ‘study guides’), and books about just about anything.
So make 2019 your year to reach for the stars and go to the galaxy, and beyond.