from tim ferris to prince philip
a suggestion for something better than optimal living
I have a mixed relationship with Tim Ferris.
On our relationship status to use the terms of today? I’d have to say its complicated.
I love his curiosity and ambition. I was first drawn to his work when I saw The Four Hour Work Week on the shelves of my local bookstore.
Four Hour Work Week! That’s like seven minute abs. Who wouldn’t want that?
The guests on his show are a treasure trove of the best of the best. He brings them together and shares their secrets. In that, he’s really fucking generous.
He’s the king of optimized living. His podcast and blog feature incredible tips on investing,
Then, there’s the big story he tells about suicide. In the post he states:
Some of my closest high school friends killed themselves.
Some of my closest college friends killed themselves.
I almost killed myself.
This story is super helpful. More of us dudes need to talk about the people we lost, the feelings we’ve experienced and how to support each other.
The problem I have though is just how ‘perfect’ this ‘King of Optimization attempts to make his life.
Sure, he’s wealthy beyond all get out. Having designer work out routines and medical interventions is great for someone with a wallet as thick as his must be.
He’s likely optimized away the need of having a messy, bulky, receipt filled wallet like the rest of us schmucks.
He’s just so fucking precocious that I every now and then I want to punch him in the face. Sadly, he’s so fit and so skilled, he’d just end up kicking my ass.
There it is.
There’s my issue with Bald Timmy. Though he’s a beacon of hope, providing direction for so many dudes, how he lives is so damn unattainable for most of us.
And it’s the winner takes all, losers sweeps the mall polarity that drives so many of us dudes to suicide in middle age.
All or nothing thinking is the worst fellas.
I love the importance Little Timmy places on morning routines. He’s inspired me to develop my own. It doesn’t involve powershakes or kettle boobs or thirty minutes of meditation or the Athletic Greens that he shills so shamelessly.
Like Tim, I agree that movement is medicine. There are only two directions that you can go: Forward, or backward. And for your mental health, movement is both essential maintenance1 and a way to heal.
But I don’t go anywhere near what Tim does. Naw.
I take my inspiration from the now deceased Prince Phillip and the Royal Canadian Air Force. In the 1950’s the Canadian Air Force developed an exercise program that anyone can do anywhere. The idea was that if a pilot became a P.O.W. this exercise routine would keep them fit enough that should the opportunity arise, they’d still have the strength to kill a few Commie bastards on their way out.
And the worm food husband of our now worm food queen? He did this daily. Dude lived to be 99, likely tapping out before his wife could send him a congratulatory letter for reaching 100. Liz likely would have attached a honey do list to the damn thing. In the end though, his flesh wagon went out in pretty damn good shape. Check this out this princely stud.
This routine is called 5BX Plan. Here’s a link to the PDF.
The rad retro graphics on their own make this sucker worth investigating.
I do this every day.
Is it ‘optimal’?
But it’s easy, convenient and better than nothing.
And hell! IT HELPED PRINCE FRIGGIN’ PHIL PUT UP WITH THE LACK OF FREEDOM, PRIVACY AND OTHER BULLSHIT THAT COMES WITH BEING A ROYAL without resorting to the use of ALLCAPS in his blog posts.2
We don’t need to be optimization freaks like Little Timmy.
We don’t need to compete in ultra marathons or do hours and hours of ‘training’ to stay healthy. That may be ‘optimal’. But only those with Green Privilege have time for that.
Take your health seriously dudes.
Find something, anything that gets you moving. Do it daily once you wake up.
Your whole you will be grateful. Your family and relations will do.
Ten minutes a day is all it takes.
Get on it.
I’m rooting for ya.
I have a butt load of experience working with the importance of movement in healing trauma, emerging from depression and dealing with anxiety through my work as a mental health rehab consultant. Interested? Drop a note in the comments and I’ll expand this further. Are there stories? Of course there are.
Did he have a blog? Haven’t checked and not interested. If you have the time to check this out? I highly suggest that you spend that time working out and not searching for ‘the chronicles of the dude next to the queen most thought of as whazhisname’