by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |
The ups and downs of the job and the stress from a competitive pressure are manageable in a short-term and even beneficial to stimulate the mind. With an increased pressure to ‘perform’ the answer is, an increased productivity.
There are many strategies for coping with the stress but eventually, all come to the same point, the burn-out and drudgery of ‘the job’. No matter how interesting and exciting ‘the job’ is, there are psychological and physical limits to any human being. Everyone needs to reset and maintain the system. It is like the computer with too many applications, it slows down, eventually, locks up and requires a reset. We all had this experience.
The computer reset alleviates the situation temporarily but the most comprehensive treatment of cleaning up unnecessary apps and performing maintenance on the memory and the registry is the optimum solution leading to the computer being ‘born-again’. It is like waking up your computer with a burst of ‘energy’.
The comprehensive treatment of the tired mind and body is the solution to the human being under stress. So no matter how ‘busy’ the job is a break to reset the mind and recharge the body is essential in the pursuit of balanced life.
To find a practical solution to reduce stress and improve the productivity it is worth to consider the science of exercise physiology.
The latest research in the exercise physiology clearly demonstrates an evolutionary need for mobility. The human body has evolved to be on the move all the time and the muscular system doesn’t tolerate immobility. The body responds to the immobility with a muscle atrophy replacing the muscle tissue with the fat, which has detrimental consequences to the health and longevity.
Excessive fat reduces production of hormones and enzymes essential to a healthy function of just about any human organ. This has even more pronounced effects on the body than smoking cigarettes. While smoking may have some stimulating effects on the brain, while killing the cardiovascular system at the same time, the immobility reduces brain activity and limits the brain capacity. The immobility limits interaction of body sensors with the external environment, a major stimulant to the brain activity.
The human body like a computer needs a constant maintenance and a periodic upgrade to operate with the efficiency, reliability, and consistency.
The body maintenance is a mobility stimulating muscular, skeletal, endocrine and neural systems. With appropriate nutrition, rest and mobility the body is an essentially self-maintaining system.
Imagine what happens with the body exposed to 10 hours sitting a day. The body literary keeps dying slowly and insidiously while immobile. The manifestation of the body deterioration are sedentary conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, brain diseases, arthritis and many others contracted from the age of 40. Over 50% of the population in the Western world experience one or more sedentary conditions by the time they reach 50 i.e. 15 years before retirement.
How would you feel retiring with a sedentary condition?
The periodic body upgrade is your annual holiday and skipping it is like neglecting a software upgrade. It seems to work for a while but eventually, it causes system breakdown.
An active adventure holiday offers the nonparallel efficiency of recovery. Adventure holiday helps with the motivation. It offers a physical stimulation, total relaxation, out of comfort zone experience, teamwork, and empathy. It stimulates creativity. The high altitude adventure is even more beneficial for the body and mind. A high altitude mountain bike ride or climb or even hike requires some physical preparation, where motivational benefits of adventure holiday play a vital role.
The stimulating metabolism altitude training is extremely beneficial to an endurance athlete. The high altitude modulates hunger helping to reshape the body. The views on a Himalayan bike ride or hike are stimulating, relaxing and inspiring at the same time through a sheer immensity of the Himalayan natural environment and the experience of a peaceful Buddhist culture. The climb gives an additional visual edge as well as the intensity of adventure. The HiACHIEVR Program accessible to any healthy office worker is a passport to a sustainable health and fitness and life enriching experience.
It all sounds contradictory but paradoxically high altitude adventure is the most efficient and innovative way for a professional person to actively recover from the stressful office environment. It will recharge the energy for another year in the office defying comfort zone with a rejuvenating experience.
It is true, that all is in probabilities but the fact that we live longer and better in developed countries due to scientific progress is an undeniable fact; so hedging on science is a prudent course of action.
Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the founder and director of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.
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