Back in the early 1990’s, I read many Paul Bragg books on health, fasting and physical fitness.
Most of what he wrote was ahead of its time, at least in terms of how much of the western world thinks.
Yet, at the same time, what he wrote was basic and natural knowledge to people who’d never been civilized.
Get out in the sun, breathe fresh air, walk, run, sit in a squat, lessen thy meals, fast one day per week, and so on.
In his books, Bragg addressed the aging process, and how we grow old faster than we should.
From reading his books and from personal experience, I can name dozens of reasons why we get old way too fast.
Today I’m going in another direction. I’m going to cover…
3 Ways to Getting Younger, Faster
Here they are:
1. Start exercising your toes and feet – Your feet are the interstate freeway to your brain, nervous system and internal organs. They are also the key to unleashing animalistic abilities in terms of movement. On a daily basis, it’s a wise idea to practice curling your toes, spreading them apart, contracting your arch, knuckling down and many other exercises I teach. When you do these exercises on a daily basis, it helps prepare you for the next two items on my list.
2. Start squatting – Since the invention of the toilet, people rarely squat at all. Yet, squatting is primal. Squatting is natural. Squatting energizes and strengthens the entire body. The squats I teach in Combat Conditioning will get you going and keep you going. If you cannot do them due to knee or hip replacement surgeries (or other conditions), check with your physician and see if a wall chair squat is appropriate for your situation.
3. Start jumping – Paul Bragg said that when a person stops jumping, he or she gets old much faster. I have found this to be true. Skipping rope, for example, changes your body quickly. Same goes for other types of jumping, including the use of a rebounder. Jumping stimulates the K1 acupuncture point on the ball of the foot. It also helps increase blood flow and move the lymph. More importantly, jumping works the fascia throughout the body, which in my opinion, is most important.
Note: If you cannot jump rope or do other forms of jumping due to preexisting trauma to the joints, etcetera, this is where a rebounder may be good for you (check with your physician). With your feet on the rebounder you “bounce without jumping.”
Last night, my daughter and I did all the exercises mentioned above. She’s 15. I’m 56.
She’s getting to see, first-hand (and foot), that Combat Conditioning lives on.
Most people who are half my age, chronologically speaking, cannot even begin to think about hanging with me.
Just as cats extend and retract their claws (think toes), sit in a squat and jump, so does el Furecat. And that’s why he’s still kicking ass.
Follow el Furecat’s feline ways and you’ll be younger, stronger and healthier, too.
Here endeth the lesson.
P.S. Foot and toe exercises are detailed in the membership site at MattFureyInnerCircle.com