What does Oscar Wilde have to do with vegan fitness? Well, he wrote a statement in one of his works that I love, and often keep in mind, while doing tough, demanding body-weight workouts. Here it is:
'Beauty is a form of genius---is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world.'
So claims the youthful Dorian's elderly advisor in the Wilde classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Well, I suppose I'd have to agree with the man on the first part of his claim---youthful beauty, IS, in my opinion, a form of genius needing 'no explanation.' The second part, I deem unnecessary as one can recapture the essence of youth---or at least a glowing youthful vibrancy---very quickly, if committed to do so.
I say this because I've been, physically speaking, in two radically different places in my life. The first, after years of wrong living; aged, 'broken down,' aching, and, in a word, 'old.'
The second; In that place you may recall as a child, wherein you don't have to 'second guess' your ability to accomplish whatever you'd like, physically; the place where you sleep deeply, wake up energized instead of exhausted; the place where you can run out your front door in the morning, as far as you'd like, and not have to worry about whether or not you can make it back home; the place where fear of disease does not exist; where your inner self is as cleansed and pure as it has been since childhood---and has little choice but to manifest in external beauty.
What's the most encouraging aspect to this 'second place?'
It's free to go there whenever you choose to do so; for anyone. You can discard option one, never to return.
And one of the greatest benefits of your return to youthful vibrancy? As Wilde writes in Dorian Gray, you can walk into a room full of people and not have to say anything. You'll have a youthful glow and vitality that speaks volumes more than words.
How do you choose youth versus old age? Simply be willing to take the following two actions:
One; make raw fruits and vegetables the bulk of your diet. Imagine yourself as a gorilla in the wild. Consume about half fruits, half edible green leaves, like spinach, and just about a handful of nuts or seeds, daily. Do this and you'll be clean, healthy, and super-energized from the inside out.
Two; do vigorous body-weight exercise daily. Every morning, wake up and do 20 to 30 minutes, minimum, of squats, push-ups, crunches, and the like. Rest as little as possible or not at all between exercises. For example, do 50 squats, followed by 50 push-ups, then 50 crunches, with no rest in between them. Then repeat the cycle for the length of your workout.
Take these two actions, every day, for the rest of your life. You'll be a shining example of vegan fitness. You'll emanate a youthful beauty from the inside out, that, as Oscar Wilde points out, is irreplaceable.
Yes, taking these two actions does require a bit of self-discipline. Is it worth it? Well, after having been 'broken down and old,' and now, at forty-plus years of age and in the best shape of my life, I shall answer that question in four words.
'You better believe it!'