Life’s Too Short to Play it Safe

October 12, 2012

Life is too short to play it safe

I’ve got to be honest with you…

The thought of failing to make the most of the limited time I have scares the hell out of me!

There have been times too when the determination to do my best became all-consuming – paralysing me into inaction.

Here’s a quick example: I had my first driving lesson at 17 and loved it – then there was a minor incident where I mounted the curb facing on-coming traffic (it’s true!) and I didn’t get behind the wheel again until I was 24!

Time moves incredibly quickly and it’s easy to forgive yourself for letting moments pass you by. I let myself get away with it for years!

But here is the real frustrating part. I knew exactly what I was doing, every step of the way.

As I grew up I played sports, made websites for fun and generally had good times.

But then, and I can’t put my finger on the exact moment it happened – things began to change. I stopped living my life exactly how I wanted to and began to Play It Safe.

It became easy not to ride my bike – I was watching the pros do it on TV. Why exercise in the cold when I could stay in and eat chocolate? Why work hard when I could sit at my laptop surfing teh interwebs? I made all these excuses and more.

I don’t want this site to become a place where all I do it rant about calories, weight loss and evil cardio. Life is so much more powerful than that.

For me, health and fitness is a means to an end – a way to feel great day after day. After a tough day in the office, it gives me the opportunity I need to push myself physically and mentally – to battle with my demons to run faster, lift heavier or cycle quicker. It gives me the chance to go up against an opponent, to see if I have what it takes to win. But most of all, it helps me feel alive!

Changing the World

We’re lucky that we work with technology that is changing the world. We work with the Internet every single day and the exciting part is we’ve barely scratched the surface.

I want to be around to see what’s possible one hundred years from now, just to see what else man can accomplish. Why not spend my 110th birthday talking to my great-great-grandkids about web standards or the most efficient solution to FizzBuzz? (We’ll be agreed on this by then… right?)

Call me naive but with care and attention I believe these things are possible.

We all have a choice to make, every single day. We can play it safe and allow life to pass us by or we can take hold and design the life we’re capable of leading!

The Wrap-up

The fact you take the time out of your day to visit this site motivates me to do great things!

I have big plans for Fitness Hack and I’d love you to be a part of them. Social support plays a huge role in health and fitness and between us we can form a powerful resistance disproving all the stereotypes people hold about regular computer use and unhealthy living.

You can receive updates by joining the Fitness Hack feed via email or RSS. You can also reach me by email.

I’ll finish by sharing a video. Craig Ballantyne has created a fantastic collection of YouTube videos covering all aspects of fat-loss and strength gain. I’d recommend watching all of them, if you get chance. This video is one of my favourites and covers Craig’s big five fat burning exercises.

What’s holding you back?

Thanks for reading!

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The Computer Geek Fightback – Shaking off Mr. Sloth
A Programmer’s Guide to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier Life – Part I

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  • Anonymous

    Regarding “Total Body Abdominal Exercises,” I hadn’t heard of any of those he listed. Are any of them equipment free? I am still working on motivation to go to the gym for workouts (instead I’ve been working out in my apartment, when convenient), so I have nothing besides my body and a jumprope.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Strass,

      I’ve tried to find video examples of the exercises Craig talks about in the abs section:

      Hanging Leg Raises – This one requires some kind of support, usually a bar or something to hang on to.

      Cable Crunch – This requires equipment, generally something you’d do at the gym.

      Mountain climbers – No equipment necessary, these are tough!

      Spiderman Climb – Same goes for this exercise. No equipment needed but you can work yourself hard.

      Stability Ball Jack Knife – A stability ball is needed for this exercise

      If you have a jump rope, have a look at this video from Floyd Mayweather!

      Hope this helps!

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