I recently finished reading Laird Hamilton’s book, Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul (And, of Course, Surfing) and I must say I really recommend it. Despite the somewhat cheesy title, the book delivers on offering a basic buffet of knowledge about healthy and dynamic living.
If you’re not familiar with Laird, he’s a surfing legend who resides in Hawaii and invents revolutionary new ways to surf, such as the sick hydro-foil. He’s not a contest surfer, but instead insists on surfing for pure sport. He’s one fit old dude for sure and he stays fit by successfully balancing all aspects of his life, chief among those aspects being an active lifestyle.
In the easy read, he really gets into the mind-body connection and explains that you must be at peace with yourself and have a healthy mind in order to be successful at any endeavor, athletic or not. Along these lines, Laird tells us how important it is to understand and listen to our bodies. This includes observing how well you feel when you eat well, sleep well, and train well. They all go hand-in-hand.
The technical sections of the book describe his cardio workouts, weight workouts, yoga sessions, healthy eating regimens, healthy recipes (from star chef Giada de Laurentiis), and personal shopping lists. I actually did Laird’s weight workout, named The Circuit, for 3 months straight. It was great, but I developed tendonitis in my elbow that has sidelined me for the past month. Guess I should go back and re-read the section on balance.
The reason I like this book so much is because everyone can learn from it. When it comes to fitness, nutrition, and wellness, none of us is an expert. We can all learn more. And that’s what I find so exciting about the topics – I learn more every day and the more I learn, the more fascinated I am.
Whether you’re a couch-potato looking to mow your lawn this summer without taking a break or you’re a triathlete going for your first ironman, you will definitely find some valuable take-aways in this book.
If you’ve read it, let us know what you think in the comments.