The world is a big place. Even your suburb is a big place - You should try to see it.

Buy a really good pair of walking shoes, and go for a long walk. (I really like Brooks Beast shoes - they are really expensive, but they last for ages and they really protect and support my feet).

Go shopping at the mall, instead of shopping over the internet. Yes, I know that the internet is convenient, but that is not my point - you’re not walking anywhere when you’re on the internet.

Get outside and let the Sun shine on you for a little while. Breathe the fresh air. Look at something growing, like a tree or a flower.

It is incredible that we have reached a point in our (so-called) civilisation, that this type of advice actually has to be stated in writing, and may actually be a wake-up call to millions of people who don’t go outside anymore for more than five minutes at a time (usually walking from a car to an office), rarely breathe fresh air, rarely walk on grass with their bare feet - rarely do anything which involves physical exertion in the natural world.

Get involved in activities which require some level of physical exertion - I particularly like walking in the national parks around my home city of Brisbane. You can try dancing, any type of sport, join a (sensible) martial arts club, bike riding, gardening.

If you can find a Yoga class in your area (and if you are absolutely blessedly lucky, you might have an Isha qualified yoga instructor in your area), then make contact with them and have that in your life.

There are only a limited amount of hours in your waking life, and it is ultimately your choice how are you spend that time. It is a real concern to us at Nysteia, that the modern human mind has become so addicted to the constant stream of digital information bombarding it, that more and more time is being spent absorbing this mental information and less time is being spent enjoying the benefits of a physically active life.

For me, I like walking. I have walking maps of my suburb, which give me really interesting walks up to 8 km in length. This keeps me going for about an hour and a half, and I like to go for one of these walks a couple of times a week. I don’t consider them exercise really, I just like going for a walk, and I have simply developed a habit by finding something that I like which is healthy for me, and I just keep doing it.

Andrew loves to run every morning. He has made a 5 km run his daily habit for years. He gets up in the morning, puts his running shoes on, and runs for 5 km. It is simply a habit he has developed, which happens to be wonderfully healthy for him.

You don’t have to overdo it, but you should remember the old proverb “use it or lose it”. It is very important for you to find something, anything, which involves some physical activity.

You are your habits - make an active life a habit.

A wonderful piece of brilliant writing by John Di Lemme:

The Habit Poem

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men.

And, alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.

Plus, the intelligence of a man.

You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am a HABIT!

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, BRILLIANT!

Can you tell that I love this poem?

Read this poem 10 times every day, until it is a habit, and you remember it word for word.

Teach it to your children, what a wonderful gift to them.

Implementing Nysteia into your life over the coming days, weeks, months, years, and decades is ultimately about you making new habits of eating, exercise, and active lifestyle choices.

Come back to this poem over the course of your life.