The medical profession is at least partly to blame for America's fixation on endurance training. Before the 1960s, doctors thought that heart patients should avoid exertion. It was a revelation when researchers discovered that it was not only safe for most heart patients to exercise but also beneficial. A heart attack damages the pumping muscle of the heart and often results in limited endurance. Heart patients can often build their stamina back up with endurance training. O ur subjective realities, our maps that we create of the world around us and how we see them, are entirely built upon our senses and our experiences, which are also labeled by the way in which we talk about them. This is important to remember--when you look at your own perspectives, you will have your own behaviors that go along with them. You will have your own opinions and your own attempts at explaining what has happened. T he way that you then experience what you experience will also influence the way in which you experience future events as well. That will also influence the way that you see future events. Imagine, for example, that your relationships have just failed. Your past relationships have all failed for one reason or another. The next time that you go into a relationship, you may then assume that you are going to fail again in some way. You may assume that you are naturally going to fail just because of the way that every other relationship so far has gone. N LP targets this fact--it targets the fact that everything is subjective to allow for the understanding that while everything is subjective, it is also plastic and malleable. Ask yourself, is alcohol really delivering everything it promises? Chances are you'll come to realise that the promises of wine o'clock add up to one giant myth. To be human is to begin . When do you feel the most fulfilled? When do you feel a sweet equilibrium of your mind and spirit while doing an activity?

Which moments do you look back on with the fondest sensations? Which moments do you look forward to the most? Everyone has their own answers. I've asked myself these questions and for me I am the most fulfilled when I engage in one of the 6As of life - Athletics, Adventure, Academics, Art, Advocacy, and The Human Algorithm. In the following articles, I'll share my definitions of each A but let's be clear. When word got out that endurance training was helping heart patients, others assumed that if it was good for heart patients, it must be good for everyone. Most people who are engaged in endurance training aren't recovering from a heart attack; Your endurance--for example, how far and how fast you can run--depends mainly on how fast your heart can pump blood. Endurance training enables your heart to pump more blood with each beat. However, heart attacks are not caused by a weak heart muscle. They're caused by blockages of the arteries that lead to the heart muscle. Having a strong heart muscle will not keep you from getting blocked arteries. Research shows that if your goal is to lose weight, lower blood sugar, and prevent heart disease, walking for exercise is almost as good as running, and it's certainly a lot easier to do--especially for those middle-aged and older. Indeed, initiating a running program after not exercising for several years is a notorious way to cause musculoskeletal injuries. The only physical benefit that endurance training provides over walking is that you can run longer distances in shorter amounts of time--useful for winning foot races but otherwise low on most people's list of priorities. Those subjective assumptions, because they are unique to everyone and they are formed over time, they can also be seen as easily rewritten as well. C onsciousness T he second aspect that serves as a key concept in NLP is consciousness. We have two forms of consciousness--the conscious and the unconscious. When it comes right down to it, the conscious mind is something that you are aware of.

It is your active thoughts and feelings about something. Your unconscious mind, on the other hand, is out of your reach. It is automatic and it is constantly operating without any input from you. It makes patterns and then follows through with them without the input that you could have had. E ssentially, the conscious mind is something that you can directly control, but if you want to rewrite the unconscious mind, it will require you to make use of other methods--which NLP is glad to do. Athletics is about movement, not being a professional athlete. Adventure is about discovery and not necessarily extreme adventure. Academics is about reflection and learning, not about getting a degree. Art is about creation without a label. Advocacy is about helping others without reward. The Human Algorithm is about improving life processes on planet earth for the 21st century. It is the hardest to define but the most essential. It is a combination of the other A's, but it is wholly its own mist-like entity. Discovering Your Human Algorithm captures the struggles and opportunities in our daily lives. As humans, we live one day to the next; Remember, walking also strengthens your heart muscle and builds endurance. When you're walking, you're expending almost as much energy as when you're running. You just don't feel it because you're using those type 1, or slow-twitch, muscle fibers. Some people throw themselves into running because they think that using their leg and buttock muscles will selectively remove fat from those areas. It doesn't work that way.

a particular part of your body will not remove any more fat from that part than exercising some other part of your body. In fact, exercise of any kind tends to remove more fat from your abdomen than from other places. A few years ago, I saw a photograph of a dozen or so Seattle businessmen taken in 1915. They were all wearing shirts and ties, so they weren't doing physical labor all day. It struck me that there wasn't an overweight one in the bunch. We will be delving deeper into this concept in later articles as well. T he last key concept to keep in mind is learning. This is the primary guiding factor that drives NLP. NLP is all about learning--either you are teaching people or you are learning from them. The rewriting that you are doing of the mind is all about you being able to learn something new, such as a new behavioral pattern or a new pattern of thinking. It could also be that you are trying to make someone else learn those new patterns of thinking. E ssentially, this is the use of trying to develop better behaviors. Think about it--behaviors are learned. Many of the thoughts that you have are learned. Just about every aspect of who you are and what you do is learned. But our digital technologies give us the opportunity to create re-combinations of our lives daily. Technologies developed by our fellow humans present us with uncountable wonders but if we don't learn these wonders actively, then how can we live effectively? Any wisdom in these articles is like finding a long-lost friend. Others have assessed the world and shared their wisdom before. I claim no special knowledge merely I seek to put an illuminating frame on human best practices in order to live life with meaning and purpose.

The time to live with meaning and purpose is always now. The first version of this article was called The 6As: a practical philosophy for living life with meaning and purpose. The 6As are Athletics, Adventure, Academics, Art, Advocacy, and The Human Algorithm. An Algorithm is defined as a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. Algorithms have originally been created by humans to make computers better so why can't we use algorithms to live better? I asked myself, What did they do differently that kept them slim? At the turn of the 20th century, people actually ate more than we do now. They didn't belong to health clubs. The only physical activity I could think of that they did more of then than we do now is walk. In those days, Seattle's business district was a mile or two from most of the residential parts of town, and people thought nothing of walking a few miles to get to work. They also walked at their jobs more than we do. They didn't have e-mail. If they needed to talk to somebody, they did it face-to-face. Shortly thereafter, I gave up my expensive downtown parking place and started walking to work. I have been doing it for 5 years now. If all of the filters that you use to see the world are learned and all of the internal maps are learned, they are also rewritable, and that is where NLP comes into play. Essentially, it makes use of the learning process. I n NLP, we refer to this as modeling--when you model something or someone, you mimic the behaviors. You may unintentionally drink from your cup at the same time as someone else. You may unintentionally follow the lead of someone else when you are walking.