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The Long Game - Issue #119

We are heading into the thick of summer with the 4th of July holiday for the US coming up. Now is the
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #119
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #119 • View online
We are heading into the thick of summer with the 4th of July holiday for the US coming up. Now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some Vitamin D. Being outdoors lowers stress and vitalizes the mind. I enjoy working out in the gym, jiu-jitsu or doing yoga, but outdoor activities tops them all. You can’t beat the feeling of the sun on your face and the smell of nature. It’s a great time to go to the track, do a trail run or hike, ride your bike or do a workout in the pool or the park. It will increase your energy more so than going to the gym.
Over the past few years, researchers are realizing that nature can be a strong tool for healing mental and physical ailments. Doctors in the UK are prescribing nature to their patients. According to one report, “The evidence for the benefits of nature on mental and physical health are numerous. If you spend 90 minutes of your day outside in a wooded area, there will be a decrease of activity in the part of your brain typically associated with depression. Spending time in nature not only reduces blood pressure, anxiety, and increases happiness, but it reduces aggression, ADHD symptoms, improves pain control, the immune system, and—per a summary of research regarding the health benefits of nature—there’s much more we don’t know and are figuring out every day.” How much time are you spending outside?
If you are in a job that keeps you deskbound most of the day, try going for a walk on your lunch break or playing outside with your kids when you get home. On the weekends, spend as much time as you can outside. This weekend, I am at the lake and look forward to being on the water and out in nature all day. It is a nice way to reset from the grind of day to day life. We’ll get outdoor workouts in and enjoy the company of family and friends. I hope you can take some time over the summer to enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. It will strengthen your relationships and improve your health. I don’t want to keep you too long today, so let’s go ahead and check out the links.

I tend to look at my life as a series of experiments. We all react and respond differently and it is best to try things out for yourself. For example, there is not a diet or fitness program works for everyone. Do your research and experiment on yourself. Make sure you give yourself enough time to see results, if any. For example, I try a new supplement for a month and if I don’t feel like it makes a difference, I don’t buy anymore. I’ve done the same with fitness routines, coaches and nutrition plans. I want to see how I respond as it is likely different than someone else who tried the same program or supplement. Not only can you find things that work for you, it will open you up to try new things in life and not get stuck in the same routine.
At a certain age, you begin to realize you are training for life. I do not do the workouts I do just to get ready for an event, I do them because I am training to have the ability to be active my entire life. I want to be able to enjoy any physical activity, regardless of my age. I do not see physical activity as punishment for eating too much food or having fun on the weekends. I enjoy it and through the adversity in the gym, I am preparing myself mentally and physically for the ups and downs of life. The training, breath work, and heat and ice are a lifestyle for me. Once you connect to who you are, you never want to quit.
Learning how to think for yourself is a skill that is not taught in most schools today. Most institutions force feed you information on what you should think while failing to give you the tools to learn how to think. As we get older, learning new skills is a great way to keep the brain nimble and think about how we learn. A lot of learning is trial and error and the willingness to fail, adjust and move forward. If you are feeling stuck, find something that interests you and try it out!
Without discipline, our lives will move to disorder. If we do not have a framework around how we want to live our lives, someone else will create it for us. I am not saying you need to have everything planned out, but you need to have sound habits that will move you in the right direction. If you want to learn more about creating good habits, checkout the author James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits.” It is one of the best books I read this year.
Before I go, here are a few more interesting articles to check out.
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In Health,
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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