Photo: a shot by Rotana Ty during a Spring bike ride along the lakes of Lognes, France
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” — Bruce Lee
As an insatiable curious person, I love learning and improving myself daily via many ways. One way for doing so is practising sports. I used to practise Karaté Shotokan for about 10 years with 5 masters. I also used to play soccer a lot with childhood friends in the park or in the stadium whether it was raining, snowing or when the sun was shining. We were unstoppable as we love doing so, and we were like marvels with our impetuosity and boldness.
Later when I was an adult I also practiced for about two years mixed martial arts in Paris. I enjoyed it very much but it was draining so much of my cardio during my working week. So I stopped it. I switched to another sport that requires a lot of cardio: swimming.
Photo: the swimming pool I go weekly to relax and for stamina.
And more recently I started again biking. Below is the data on one of my top bike rides, that I can see on my Google Fit web dashboard.
All those sports help me to focus better, live in the now, let my mind wander and relax, develop my stamina, learn from failures and go with the flow.
When you start a new collective sport, the discipline takes time, practice and efforts. Your peers and masters can tell you if you are doing a wrong movement and / or don’t have the right attitude to go beyond your limits. How about when you do so during a solo sport? How can you improve yourself and learn from patterns and failures? I ask myself those questions as we are living in a modern world.
Few years ago, I tried a small wearable device: a Fitbit tracker so that I can track how many steps I did every day. I had the intent to hack my way to better health. I thought: if I track and know myself, I would change my behavior. I will walk more and stand more at my standing desk daily instead of sitting at my desk or in sitting in public transportations. I will take more often the stairs so that I can be more active. Active minutes trump counting steps, right?
Later on, I tried another devices and apps, Misfit Swim. It helped me track over time what my sport activities are and how many laps I did per week.
These are the activities I did in 2016 according to Misfit personal dashboard.
These are the data I got from another app when I did my weekly lap this year at my swimming pool.
The digital dashboard / app of Misfit Swim is not really focused on my personal health / sport data. It doesn’t take into account personal elements that matter to me such as: how healthy or tired I was before the swim, how crowded or not the pool was, how the temperature of the water was, if I was wearing other swimming materials for hacking my swim such as palm paddles, and so on…
After testing other apps like Google Fit to track my personal sport data, I have finally decided to track my progress and sport activities with my own criteria and data that are relevant to me in a personal sheet / dashboard. In that way, I can see with plain figures and an automatic diagram many patterns on my activities and health, their relationships and influences.
Bottom line: It is all about being curious about ourselves, focusing on ourselves and improving ourselves. Anyone can clear the mind, get creative and ideas while and after taking care of health and practising a sport. Anyone can be connected to nature and disconnected from Internet. Called it connectedness to yourself through your senses and heart. Feel, touch, experience.
Experience what it means to be in the flow, fast and slow. Observe yourself and track metrics that matters to you for a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. To me, I enjoy biking for hours on sunny and hot days along the river ‘La Marne’, 25 miles away from Paris, France for rediscovering breathtaking landscapes, seeing movements of people, nature and animals. This is how I can bring back my humanity in an hyperconnected and automated era. How about yourself?