You probably know by now that I’ve been a big fan of Tim Ferriss ever since I read his first book (Four Hour Workweek) more than 5 years ago. He’s grown up a lot since then and his influence has only grown. I’m also a huge fan of his podcast now (more than 100 million downloads) and his latest book (Tools of Titans) is probably my favourite. Thank you Tim!
So without further ado, here are 5 top things I learned about fitness from him in 2016 (and maybe before)…
- Less is more: This is probably biggest idea I got from Tim about life and fitness. What is the minimum dose to get the thing done? I now use that to my business, my workouts and my nutrition. Instead of always trying to do more, I try to set a point and find the laziest/most efficient way of reaching it. Also look up the 80/20 (Pareto) Principle.
- Slow carb diet/keto: It all started with the 4 Hour Body a few years back. It switched my thinking about just calories and to thinking about my blood sugar level. Well the rest is history as now took it a bit further and I’m on the ketogenic diet for the most part. Not always easy but oh so worth it…
- Research it for yourself: Basically you can get data to say just about anything these days. And companies do that. So look at the research and then do your own n=1 experiment. And yes the placebo effect is real so use it to your advantage.
- Mobility as rehab: As I get older I can’t just power through everything (including injuries) anymore. I’m taking a step back now to get back to the basics and work on my weaknesses so I can come back and be a machine again. And I’m concentrating on mobility and exercises that are sustainable.
- Podcasting : I’ll be honest, Mr. Ferriss was a big inspiration behind #WellnessWednesdays. A podcast is a great way to share information and since I have access to some very cool people and the skills to pull it off, I thought why not?
What big lesson(s) did you learn in 2016? Who inspired you? Care to share?