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If your body was a car, what shape would it be in?

By Marcus Santer

I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

I was 13 and my sister came home with her very first car.

It was a 1980 Mark 2 Ford Escort… In yellow.

It looked fantastic and very much like this one here.

As soon as she got out, my dad told her to open the bonnet up so he could take a look.

What I saw surprised me.

The car looked as wide as a whale and yet there was this tiny little engine sat in the middle.

Looking at it you could clearly see all it’s parts:

And so on.

And as the months rolled by, me and my dad got to know the inside of that car really well.

Armed with a Haynes manual we took good care of it.

And my dad wasn’t a mechanic. He was a carpenter.

But we were still able to do regular maintenance on it ourselves. The only time it went to the garage was when it had to be MOT’d to make sure it was road worthy.

And it always was.

A couple of years later, my sister sold it and bought an ugly ass Ford Capri.

And me and my dad did the same:

And then I left home, went to University, bought a house, got married, had a kid – you know all the normal kinda stuff folk do.

And in 2002 I bought my first car.

When I popped the bonnet up on that sucker it took me a while to work out where the engine was, it was so well hidden under bits of plastic and other stuff I didn’t recognise, I knew instantly I wouldn’t be the guy doing regular maintenance on this puppy.

I spent a fortune keeping that car on the road.

And the last time I took a car to the garage I saw a guy plugging a cable into it to run some diagnostics.

A far cry from the Mark 2 Escort my sister had all those years ago.

“So what?” I can hear someone reading this say (maybe it’s you?).

“What’s this got to do with anything?”

Okay, keep your pants on.

The point I’m making is these days I can no longer take regular care of my own car.

But unlike a car, you never want to leave the maintenance of your body in someone else’s hands.

You know, like doctors.

Doctors are great when something is broken and needs fixing.

But taking care of my sisters car’s taught me a vital lesson. That an ounce of prevention is frequently worth a ton of cure.

To put it bluntly: It’s your body and the care and maintenance of it is your responsibility.

Think about it, your body is like a car.

How come?

Well, you use your car to get around. To move from one location to the other. And your body is the only vehicle you’ve got to travel around and explore this beautiful planet we call Earth.

If your body was a car, what type would it be?

A sleek, well cared for go anywhere, do anything kinda thing?

Or a battered old rust bucket you were never sure would get you home?

Treat your body right, give it what it needs and it will take good care of you.

It wants to be strong, fit and healthy.

And living a ZEN+ lifestyle is the best way to keep it firing on all cylinders for many more years to come.

Unfortunately pre-orders for the physical book have all gone.

But you can still get the PDF version here.

Bye for now


P.S. When I have a spare nano-second I’ll make a better looking page. But until I get:

Until then, if you want the digital version of the ZEN+ book… this will have to do.