RESETS + Easy Strength: A Do This for the Best You Routine
Jan 11, 2021
It’s a new year and there is a good chance many of us are thankful for that. Even though 2020 provided us with many opportunities to grow and become better, I think the idea of a new year rolling around offers us a hope that we can enjoy the fruits of our lessons. Or a hope that the sun will shine just a bit brighter for us. Whatever your thoughts of 2020, it’s gone now. 2021 means we get to move on and hopefully experience new and wonderful things.
As part of the custom of celebrating a new year, many of us often make pacts with ourselves in the form of resolutions to change, or to become something more.
We have slogans like “New Year, New You!”
I get the idea behind these well-meaning sayings, but thinking this way would embrace an idea that there is something wrong with who we are. It’s like saying 2020 was a terrible year when in reality, 2020 is the year we created or imagined it to be. It’s our interpretation of the year and how we decide to engage it that labels it. That may be a stretch for some of us, but my point is, there is nothing wrong with you. You don’t need to be a new you, you just need to determine to be you - the you that you want to be because that’s who you really are. I wrote a book about that called Discovering You.
Anyway, you’re great. You just need to walk that out and determine to be happy with who you are. You don’t need to become new, you just need to be the real you, the one free from guilt, fear, anger, and general “blah.”
One approach to experiencing this authentic you I am referring to is to move your body.
Your body is the vehicle you travel the world with and it’s the communication/expression suit that you wear. The better working order your body is in, the healthier it is and the better it feels and moves, the better you feel and think. When you feel amazing in your own skin, in your own expression suit, fear and anger have a harder time overcoming the joy that you naturally exude. And, when you feel good (happy, content, joyful, at peace), your perception (your imagination) of the events of the world and the actions of others is more “rose colored.”
Instead of outrage and fear you see through compassion and understanding. Instead of reacting to information through distrust and disgust, you are able to examine it through openness and curiosity.
Yes, a healthy expression suit, your body, allows a way for you to authentically be your true self more easily. It sets a foundation for you to stand on see more clearly. Whereas an sick, weak, fragile, aching body is more like a pit of quick sand - it sucks all of your attention to it, it frustrates you, consumes you, and darkly tints how you respond to the world. When your body feels so good you don’t notice it, you can clearly notice everything else through ease and peace. When your body consumes all your attention, or it limits your desired interaction with the world, you typically only see through your own personal agony and it’s real easy to draw lines and barriers in the sand against the world.
Anyway, again, the real you is the you wants to be an amazing person, the you that wants to feel amazing, the you that wants to make the world better. One of the best ways to be this you is to move often every day.
Here is the simplest way to approach this: Combine Original Strength with Dan John’s Easy Strength.
To keep this really simple, I’m going to share a complete bodyweight version with you here:
Part 1: Original Strength
- Intentionally breathe with your diaphragm, filling your lungs up from the bottom to the top, in your favorite position for 5 minutes.
- Lie on your belly, prop up on your forearms, and perform head nods for 1 minute. Lead with your eyes.
- In the same position, perform head rotations - look for your feet for 1 minute. Lead with your eyes.
- Perform Elbow Rolls for 1 minute.
- Perform Windshield Wipers for 1 minute.
- Rock on your hands and knees for 1 minute.
- Lego rock on each foot for 1 minute each.
- Perform Speed Skaters, or March, for 1 minute.
Part 2: Easy Strength (Bodyweight Style)
- Perform 100 Hindu Squats - you determine the sets (sets of 10, 20, 25, 50, or 100)
- Perform 50 Rocking Pushups - you determine the sets (sets of 5, 10, 25, or 50)
- If able, perform 21 Pull-ups or Chin-ups - you determine the sets (sets of 3, 7, 10, 21)
- If not able, hang for 1 minute - you determine the accumulated time (15 secs x 4, 30 sec x 2, 60 sec)
- Perform 21 Hop Lunges on each leg - you determine the sets.
- Carry Something (30% to 40% bodyweight) for 10 minutes.
- Take a real walk - Walk briskly, swinging your shoulders and keep your lips shut the entire time. Act as if you are late for your dream date but you can’t run because you don’t want to get sweaty.
Parts 1 and 2 do not need to be done together. They just need to be done.
Here are the only real rules:
- Do this every day for 40 days.
- Move where and how you can. Honor will your body will allow you to move. Don’t force anything. If you honor where your body is currently at, it will give you more later.
- If it hurts, don’t do it. Find an alternative or substitute. Trust what your body is telling you.
- Repeat rule #1.
It’s that simple. It works. Your Welcome. Happy New Year!
Take care of your expression suit. Use it well. This is a way to uncover your true self - the you that lights up the world. But, don’t believe me. Do this, try this, experience it. Learn for yourself and discover how to feel amazing in this new year, in your own body.
Don’t try to be “new,” just be you.