Fitness Fuels Creativity

In today’s world, the quality of work being put out into the creative spaces is as high as ever. With the cost of entry being the lowest it’s ever been and the quality of technology being constantly put out, making name for yourself is getting harder and harder. We are always looking for that “edge” that sets us apart from the crowd or that little extra boost of energy needed to finish that late night editing session. There has only been one answer for me and that’s exercise. It wakes up my body and mind in a way that can’t be replicated artificially. In a world where everything is put on a platter for us (literally) we fail to understand that our bodies are meant for so much more than sitting behind a desk all day or in front of a TV binge watching our favorite Netflix series. We are meant to be out physically stressing ourselves daily. That is what we are genetically designed for.

 

Physical Capacity

            Now in terms of actual physical fitness there is way more to it than just looking good in the mirror, it’s about being functional. When we are in good shape things like a hard day at work or an all-day photo shoot, we can function at a higher level for a longer duration than someone who doesn’t push themselves physically. This should be a huge reason to consider taking fitness seriously in itself because what is worst them being at a point where you just can’t physically function anymore? How do you tell a client that physically you just can’t handle the demands of the job?

 

Mental Function

            In a recent interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson, TV host and the face of Old Spice Terry Crews explained in detail about how when he’s running and pushes through the “runner’s wall” that’s when his great ideas come alive. Now it effects everyone differently, but I can say from experience that after an intense workout I have a mental clarity that I haven’t been able to find otherwise. Study after study has gone on to say brain function is boosted more by exercise than anything else including highly consumed caffeine (I choose to combine both in high quantities lol). Even if you didn’t need to be creative having this clarity is something that everyone always could benefit from.

 

Overall Well Being

            Along with physically feeling better and being mentally clear there is the well-being aspect. These are just a few of the many side effects of fitness: better sleep quality, better dexterity, better immune system, better hormone production, more confidence, and the list goes on and on. Combine these all together from on singular act and you have one of the beneficial things you could do for yourself.

 

            When it’s all said, and done fitness in general is something that is meant for all of us. Some of aren’t going to be lifting ungodly amounts of weight, some us aren’t going to be running ultra-marathons, but ALL of us are built to be physically active. When you factor in what all fitness can do for you, you owe it to yourself to at least try it. All it takes is a few minutes out of your day and I can guarantee that if taken seriously it can change your life for the better, as it did for me 6 years ago.

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”
— -Wilhem von Humboldt

- Chris Ramsey Jr. (@chris.ramsey.jr)

2016 the Stepping Stone year and beyond.

2016 wasn’t a bad year nor was it a great year, but it was solid. I discovered many things about myself this year like my immense love for photography or just being creative in general. Along with that, I solved many personal battles that I was dealing with for many years prior. I grew substantially as person and as a father and for that I’m thankful for 2016 but I’m ready to say goodbye and welcome the new year.  

What are my goals for 2017?

Before the turn of the year we always seem to make goals that we are trying to achieve in the new year and I’m no different. This blog is a perfect platform to hold myself truly accountable for the goals going into 2017. I have narrowed down my goals to 3 categories: Health, Creative, and Value.

Health

  1. Implement more stretching and recovery into my workout routines to help alleviate some injuries I've neglected.
  2. Establish a meditation schedule and continue to read as much as possible instead of consuming media.

Creative

  1. Push the boundaries of my Photography and express myself more creatively in every faucet of my life.
  2. Get into a regular posting schedule for this blog to help build my online presence and spread my content.

Value

  1.  Continue to evolve in my job skills and too increase my knowledge in my professions.
  2.  Get better at balancing  my jobs with pushing myself creativity all while being a family man.  

2017 is just a few hours away and honestly I couldn't be more excited.  Let's bring in the New Year with open arms and be ready to wake up a better version of ourselves every day!

 

See you Next Year,

- Chris Ramsey Jr. (@chris.ramsey.jr)