Your Habits Will Determine Your Outcomes

A little over three years ago I significantly ramped up my interest in diet and exercise. I've always exercised and although was generally aware of the dangers of too much sugar I didn't really understand diet issues very well. The catalyst for this was being told I was pre-diabetic and that I should "exercise and cut the sugar." I was already exercising a lot so I had to learn about sugar. As I started to study and learn I would share what I found with friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter and then I incorporated my interest into fire department activities. At the start of each training I take maybe five minutes to go over something related to diet and or exercise. Last summer I also took on the role of wellness coordinator for the county fire chiefs association.

Quite a few people have asked me questions and made changes for the better in terms of losing weight, getting more fit and improving blood markers. Some people on Twitter even started to follow me because of this sort of content. My Twitter feed is curated to follow several disparate topics including health and fitness and I simply pass along the stuff I understand as I try to learn.

An important idea that I take from self-improvement Twitter and have been good about incorporating into my life is that success comes from habits. There is of course a parallel to saving an investing that we'll get to.

If you're on Twitter you know that you see a lot of Tweets from people you don't follow (obviously they are trying to promote more engagement with their platform). One of the people I see a lot of Tweets from is Dennis Michael Hynes @HynesDm. He appears to be well into his 60's and very fit. He posts videos of himself doing exercises that don't appear to be super human like benchpressing with four plates per side for reps but when you take a moment to watch, you realize are pretty impressive. He frequently includes the tag line comfort is a cage, do hard things.

Self-improvement Twitter has come to the collective conclusion that we have become too soft and it is to our detriment. There is at least something to that as our health has collectively deteriorated in a shocking manner. The path to fix this starts from the bottom up and I think modifying our behavior by changing our habits is the way to do this. There is overlap here with retirement planning. Just as we are less fit physically, we are also collectively less fit financially. Whatever the reasons, whoever you want to blame, this is where we are; collectively unfit and undersaved.

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