Thanks to authors like Frank Forencich, I have contracted a severe case of extreme neurogenesis and synaptogenesis. These are foreign terms in our culture namely because 1) they are new discoveries in scientific communities, and 2) most people don’t even realize that they’re lifelong carriers. It’s true that extreme cases of these conditions are rarely identified, but that doesn’t mean immunity should be presumed. There is no vaccination, no medicine, and no treatment that can guarantee complete protection. In this case, we are simply at the mercy of nature. In fact, not too long ago, almost all human beings were infected with these pseudo-viral conditions, and thus far, our species has proven itself incapable of eliminating them. Be forewarned, right now you are counted among the infected, and are at risk of contributing to an epidemic on scale with smallpox, the black plague, and the HIV infection. Read this at your own risk. You’re about to be exposed to a powerful force of nature!
As I read through the chapters, much of Frank’s writing was preaching to the choir. You can even find some of the main topics discussed here in the Physical Living archives. It’s beyond clear that Frank is a well-educated, down-to-earth teacher who has exceptional talent for relating complicated subjects in easy-to-understand [and I’ll add, creative] messages. Furthermore, I believe it will be readily apparent to anyone who reads this book that Frank’s solutions are appropriately tailored for the many health (and other) problems we are facing in our society as a result from the disconnection we have from our physicality.
The most valuable asset conveyed in the book is an overall perspective about all things related to exuberant physical living. Sure, the book is chock-full of practical advice and handy do-it-yourself tips and strategies, but the real value lies in the message between the lines. This is something that must be experienced (read) to be fully appreciated, but I can at least tell you that Frank has got this whole physical living thing figured out. It’s impossible to ignore his mastery over the subject. Frank GETS IT. And reading this book gives you the opportunity to get a taste for Frank’s unique flavor and perspective, along with the lifestyle it represents.
The book is jam-packed with advice for the would-be physical culturist, and I’d love to share some practical suggestions that Frank covers. However, I think I would probably have to type up half of the book to cover for my liberal use of the highlighter. My book is tattered and worn, and marked up with pink highlights, stars, brackets, underlines, notes, and other random paraphernalia. Plus, punching out a bullet point list wouldn’t do the message justice – not by a long shot. To put it bluntly: if you don’t have the discipline to sit down and read this book, you won’t have the discipline to put any of the advice into practice (and it’s not a hard read, quite the page-turner actually).
If I were to cite one overarching theme that jumped out at me from this book, it would be to fall in love with your physicality, or more specifically, fall in love with movement. I’ve talked about this before here and here. Do the things you love to do the most. Do what makes you feel alive, and connects with you on a deep physical, emotional, and spiritual level. If you love doing something, you won’t have any trouble committing to it and reaping the rewards from it (kiss your need for motivation goodbye). This is some of the best advice I’ve ever received, and something that almost everyone I meet needs to hear.
This is one of the most striking ironies of modern civilization: by engineering our environment to take care of our every physical need and desire, we have simultaneously disempowered ourselves and brought disease upon our bodies.
No single man can change the world, but you can change yourself, and in the process initiate a ripple effect of widespread positive action. In Change Your Body, Change the World, Frank will take you by the hand and show you exactly what to do (there are even a few bullet-point lists!)
Oh and by the way, if you’d like to learn how to deduct the cost of comedy show tickets on your tax returns, or how to deal with an giant bull elephant named “Looming Catastrophe” that has invaded your home, or how to Porno-Proof your lifestyle, or if you want to experience a flaming-hot Earth-orgasm…