How To Become Younger | Eric Edmeades

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Eric: Good morning. Audience: Good morning. Eric: The first thing you need to know is
there are people that are not here. They partied too hard last night at a longevity
conference. There’s something in that. So are you guys excited? Audience: Yes. Eric: Good deal. I really am. This is a really fascinating topic. I will tell you, when I first started thinking
about longevity, it was around about 1976 and it was not a happy occasion. In 1976, my babysitter was removed from her
house and murdered. Here we are. It’s to start on a positive note, they always
say. But, you know, at six-years-old, that taught
me about mortality. You know, I think a lot of kids have the benefit
of not realizing they’re mortal until they get to 28, you know, but at 6 years old, I
suddenly found myself realizing it came to an end. And then I started thinking about that and
I realized I was born in 1970. And I was born really close to the end of
the century and I set this goal as a kid to exist in three centuries. I thought it would be cool. I wanna be alive in all three of them, but
that meant that I had to make it 130 to get there. And so, that’s how long like, I’ve been thinking
about this for a long time, how do you get there? So I have some thoughts for you. And then oh, by the way, then I saw Muhammad
Ali. Some of you have probably seen a version of
this, but it originated with Muhammad Ali as far as I know. And Muhammad Ali did this beautiful thing
where he’d say, “Look, I want you to imagine that this is your life. How much of it have you lived already? So that’s what’s left. And then how much of that are you gonna sleep? About a third. And then how much of that are you gonna work? About half of what’s left. And then how much of that time you’re gonna
spend filling out tax returns, waiting in the dentist’s office, sitting in the dentist’s
chair, getting a hair cut, gossiping, wasting time, shopping for irrelevant things? So how much life do you really have left? It’s fleeting. It’s really fleeting.” And so, that gets me thinking about a number
of things. A lot of us are sitting here going, “Wow,
I’ve only got this much left. I wanna make it longer.” And I’m thinking, so many times people come
to me in business and say, “Eric, I wanna expand my business internationally.” And I’m like, “Okay. Great. Why?” “I just, I want to. I want to have an international business.” And I go, “Have you saturated the market you’re
in? Like, have you gone as far as you can in the
country you’re in before you expand out to other countries?” So what I wanna suggest to you is there’s
so much talk about, “Let’s extend it,” but what if we just extend it from within the
time we got? Like, how many people out there? You know, the muggles, you know the ones. They have jobs they hate. They do, they have jobs they don’t like. So think about it, if they can find a way
to find a job, or a business, or a passionate they like, they instantly give themselves
eight hours of extra life every day. Does this make sense? And so, there’s another side effect of this
though and that is that when you really enjoy your life like, when you really enjoy your
life, you send this message to your genes, “I’m useful. I’m valuable. I should be here.” And so, when you enjoy your life more, I think
you do a huge amount for your own longevity. Does that make sense? All right. So let’s do this. Thank you very much. Never mind the rest of you. If you have two cars, you bought two cars,
they have serial numbers that are sequential, they came off the line together and you have
two of them. You put one in the garage and you leave it
there. And the other one, you take out and you drive
it 30, 40 miles a day. Which car is going to last longer? Female: The one you drive. Eric: The one you drive? But cars aren’t regenerative. How is it possible that using it is gonna
make it last longer? They’re not… We’re regenerative, clearly, we have to use
ourselves. But cars, even cars need to be used in accordance
with their design in order to last longer. If you don’t use the car in accordance with
its design, it doesn’t last as long. And there are people out there in the world
that spend more effort and more time, and more focus, and more care, and more money
taking care of their car than they do of their body. Why? So in WildFit one of the things that we’ve
done it so effective is teaching people to really pay attention to what’s going on inside
their head. You know, everybody when they first hear about
WildFit, they come to me and go, “Eric, tell me what to eat.” And I go, “Oh, man, it’s just so not like
that.” It’s just always been like that. That’s how the diet industry is broken. The diet industry is broken because they say,
“Eat this and don’t eat that.” And then you attempt to apply some will power
to that. And how long does that last, will power? Yeah. If you’re lucky, two days. I’ve seen people set food goals at like 11:30
on December 31st and two and a half hours later, they’re smoking and drinking, right? Like, what’s going on? So when I think about this car thing, what
are the most common causes of death for cars outside of accidents? What are the most common causes of death for
cars? Rust, the engine not getting maintained, the
transmission dying. And so, we do stuff to protect that. So I wanna try a little experiment. Here’s the experiment, I just wanna make things
a little bit real for a moment. I want you to think of a number between 1
and 10, but here’s the thing, I want you to really try to randomize this because I would
like the numbers to be very even through the room. So if you’re normally a seven person, I want
you to just think outside the box. If you’re never a seven person, then maybe
you know what to do. But I want you to think of a number between
1 and 10 and as soon as you’ve got your number, stand up. If your number is between one and three, you
represent the roughly one-third of people that are gonna die from heart disease. Sit down. Luckily, heart disease, you know, it doesn’t
generally create the same kind of suffering as other diseases. Often it’s instant. So good job, guys. It’s fantastic. They have put a lot less strain on the medical
system than other people have because some of them just die instantly. They don’t cost that much, but this next batch
of people four, five, and six, you guys, you represent all the people that die of the variety
of cancers that are out there in the world. Sit down. This is a different kind of death. This is a death that very often is unbelievably
expensive on society and emotionally destroying to families, and its lifestyle indicated,
lifestyle caused, lifestyle influenced, just like heart disease. If you are a number seven or eight, you represent
the people that die what’s called an iatrogenic death. Does anybody know what that is? A few people, they’re doctors, they know what
it means. It’s a very fancy name for saying medical
error and you won’t even see it in many of the tables because they don’t like it being
reported considering that in the western world it’s like the third or fourth highest cause
of death. And then I want you to think about something,
what percentage of doctor-induced or medical error style death do you think actually gets
reported as doctor-induced or medical death? I would guess less than half. Still, we’ll just go with seven and eight. Sit down. And nine, nine, well, this is lower respiratory
disease, unfortunately. It’s the highest cause of death relative to
communicable diseases and you guys have died of some form of lower respiratory disease
or you represent the people that have. You guys can sit down. And if you’re number 10, the odds are heavily
against you dying a gorgeous death anyway, accident, suicide is… Now, I’m terrified of myself. After Mia’s talk, I like coming to the hotel
room and I go, “I better call a friend now.” If you’re number 10, there’s a variety of
different ways you’re gonna die, but what I want you to think about is the way Stephen
Covey passed away. Stephen Covey has a huge family. If I remember correctly, 12 children and he’d
been in an accident. And everybody was worried for his health because
he was quite advanced in his years and then he recovered. And then one night, he wasn’t feeling so good
and he called his family around. And the family all gathered around and he
said goodnight to all of them, and then he went to bed, and he didn’t wake up. Gorgeous. You guys that at 10s, you represent for me
the hope that each of us can design the most gorgeous exit that we could ever design. You guys can have a seat. Thank you. There’s so much talk on our planet about life
after death, right? I’m thinking, what about life during life? You know, what about choosing the method with
which you actually do end up leaving? And I think a great deal about why it is that
people don’t do that, you know, what we found in WildFit so often is that people are making
a decision for the now at the cost of the future. It’s true. So why do we do that? And so, I wanna give you a thought because
I’m gonna share with you some general principles that I have about longevity. But before I share them with you, I don’t
wanna share them with you the way the diet industry usually share stuff. And it’s not just about food, but what I mean
is I don’t wanna just give you a bunch of rules that you may or may not follow, or you
may or may not apply will power to. I wanna give you a thought process. I want you to imagine that you have two personalities
kind of like the angel and devil. But one is a petulant teenager and the other
one is the sage. So when you’re making a decision about how
to live your life, which one of those two is making the decision for you because I’ll
tell you right now, I’ve seen many people. I’m not saying I’ve seen anybody in this room
doing this. For some reason, many of you regard me as
the food police. Like, yeah, I walk past your tables and you’re
like, “Oh, shit. It’s Eric.” Right? Someone yesterday said, “I was walking along
with the croissant and I could feel your judgment.” No, not my judgment, your own. But here’s the thing, why do we choose stuff
that we know is not good for us? Why do we choose to not do the stuff that
we know is good for us? Why? Why do we do that? Because the petulant teenager in a moment
has a bit of a meltdown. And so, I want you to think about that voice. I want you to think about like, what drives
you when you’re faced with some food or you’re faced with exercise. Like, how many people in here have procrastinated
exercise a little more often than maybe they should? Anybody? Yeah. That’s the teenager, that’s the teenager because
the sage, the sage would say to you, “You know what? Use it or lose it.” Wouldn’t it? And so, I want you to think about that really,
like put it into practice here. You’re like, “Oh, I’m on vacation.” You know what? Elise and I, my wife and I, we found something
fascinating about vacation. Vacation is a fantastic place to let your
rules go. You can eat whatever you want, drink whatever
you want, go out and have some fun, right? Then unfortunately what happened in our case
is we decided to give up having a home and we spent two years traveling all over the
world, and we were on vacation permanently. That’s not a path to longevity. So what I want you to think about even here,
even now, even after this talk, even the rest of the time, I want you to think a little
bit about who’s in control of the decision, the teenager or the sage? You’ll hear the voice, it kinda goes like
this, imagine with food, “But you’re in Italy.” Oh, look, some of you have a teenager inside
you. Right? It’s a voice that’s in there and what we do
is we quiet down the sage. The sage is like, “Yes. And you have to live in this body.” You know, how many of you have heard of longevity
escape velocity? Not so many. Longevity escape velocity is the idea that
we are now adding to the lifespan with an accelerated rate that might mean that we start
adding more time onto your life span than you’re using. What would that mean? I was with Ray Kurzweil a couple of weeks
ago and he came to…he beamed into a Mastermind that I’m a part of and we got to have a really
interesting conversation with him. And he believes that he has crossed over into
longevity escape velocity. What that means is that right now, we add
about two months onto the human life expectancy each year, but it wasn’t two months five years
ago. It was like 1.5 months, so soon it will be
three months and then it will be six months. What happens when we start adding a year to
human life expectancy each year? Longevity escape velocity. I don’t know if this is real. I don’t know if it can be done, but if Ray
Kurzweil thinks it can be done, I tend to go with that as a possibility. He has made a number of interesting predictions
about the world. But now, we fall into this issue. So much of what we learn about longevity and
health is about fixing. Oh, yeah, we can get this shot, we can get
this therapy, we can take this pill. And what I want to remind you of is that any
of that stuff for whatever it can achieve, it will do more for you if your body is in
optimal health to begin with. The ultimate bio-hack is living in accordance
with your body’s design. This whole concept of biohacking, I think
it’s the most fascinating thing in the world. I’ve had some fabulous conversations with
Dave Asprey about this. The challenge I have is so many people are
going, “Well, I don’t have to do this because I can just use this hack.” Dr. Spock, you guys know Dr… I don’t mean the pointy-eared one. I’m talking about the pediatrician, the famous
pediatrician. He did an about-face one day. He just realized that everything he’d been
teaching people was wrong and he said, “No, do not give dairy milk to your children. Don’t do it anymore.” And of course, the dairy industry didn’t really
like that a whole lot. And then one of his friends, well, claims
to be a friend, another doctor said, “I think he might be getting senile.” And I saw this interview. The interviewer says, “Well, what’s your advice?” And he gave him some advice and then the interviewer
says, “Well, what about fruits and vegetables? I don’t really like them.” And he goes, “Me neither. I just take a multivitamin.” And he’s a doctor. I mean, I think somebody should take his piece
of paper away. He shouldn’t be a doctor in my opinion with
that advice. I am thinking that the first thing we should
be doing is taking care of our bodies and then we can hack. Are you with me on this? Audience: Yes. Eric: So let’s talk about taking care of our
bodies. What is the number one thing you need for
longevity? Audience: Water. Eric: Just before water. Audience: Air. Eric: Air. All right. Air. And if you’d like to do an experiment, if
anybody is very brave, hold your breath for five minutes and see how that affects your
longevity. I free dive. I can do a seriously deep dive to about 100-feet
with about 2 minutes, but after that, I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. You got to have air. It’s first, but not just air, the best quality
air you can have, the best quality air. It doesn’t mean, look, I know some of you
live in cities and you’re like, “Oh, I’m screwed then.” No. Your body needs that air whenever you can
get it. It needs it. You know, Elise and I are fortunate enough
to live on a beach where the air currents flow in from Africa across the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing cleans air better than friction. It’s been proven that a ceiling fan is a better
air filter than an air filter. And so, as the air comes across the ocean
into our garden, it’s been filtered. I’m so grateful for that. And then here’s the other thing, breathe properly. Your lungs, they seem to be designed badly,
they’re not. But it appears that they’re design badly and
that is that the little hairs that extract oxygen from the air you’re breathing, they
are sparsely scattered in the top of your lungs and thickly concentrated in the bottom
of your lungs. This appears to be an incredibly bad design
because the vast majority of people breathe up here all the time. Don’t they? Where you’re breathing now. So this is a conversation I often have with
smokers. I have an unpopular theory that nicotine isn’t
actually addictive physically, that smoking is very much like sucking your thumb. And here’s the basis of it, that if you quit
heroin, you get sick. If you quit caffeine, you get headaches. If you quit alcohol, you get sick. If you quit any of those addictive drugs,
you get sick. What happens when you quit cigarettes? You eat because you have an oral fixation
because you wanna do something with your hands. This is what smokers are addicted to. I’ll show it to you. As a matter of fact, all of you do it with
me. Take an imaginary cigarette or a Jamaican
cigarette if you’d prefer, imaginary cigarette and then you spark that up, and then do this
with me. Watch the way smokers do this, watch them
do this, they go, “Uh.” Do that with me, come on. Nice big inhale, hold it a little at the top,
and then let that out. Isn’t that addictive? That’s what they’re addicted to because when
you breathe like that, you’ve oxygenated yourself properly and we need more of that in our lives. The reason we need to do it consciously where
our ancestors didn’t have to do it consciously, is our ancestors lived in a world where water
was distant, food was distant. So they were forced to do a lot of movement
which forced them to breathe. We’re not like that anymore. And so, what we have to do is consciously
breathe, we have to take time in our day to consciously breathe. I’ll tell you something else too. Think about this, two bushmen 100,000 years
ago, Africa. One of them is breathing like this, you can’t
see them, you can’t see their environment, but you can hear them and one of them is breathing
like this, [pants] What do you know about this environment? Female: It’s scary. Eric: It’s a scary environment in that moment. The other bushman, he’s breathing like this,
[inaudible 00:19:06] What do you know about his environment? Female: Safe. Eric: Totally safe. No cortisol being produced, no adrenaline
being produced. Meditation works for many reasons. One of which is is that you close your eyes
and you breathe as though your environment is safe. And when you breathe that way and you tell
your body that your environment is safe, you’re not producing all the stress chemicals. A couple of minutes of that a day can change
your life completely. Okay. What’s next? You had air. What else do you need? Audience: Water. Eric: Water. Not coffee, not Coke, not fruit juice. You need water. You gotta have water. And then after that? Nutrients. Now, nutrients are divided in my small world
of this into two categories, energy-based nutrients and building blocks. You got to have those things and the challenge
for most of us is that we eat non-nutrient foods. In other words, we eat energy only foods. When you eat pasta, for example, lots of calories
in it. That’s all you’re getting, you’re just getting
energy. So if you look around the western world, what
you’ll see is the weirdest dichotomy of people are dying because they are overfed energy
and underfed nutrients. Does this make sense to you? So they’re overfed energy and they’re underfed
nutrients. So what’s fascinating is research has come
out and said that if somebody is obese and just to give you an idea of what obese means,
it just says that it’s all…that’s medically obese. It’s not morbidly obese. It’s just medical… That is seven times more dangerous than smoking
a pack of cigarettes a day. I said this to my wife one day. I said to Elise, “Hey, I read this thing. I was doing this research.” She goes, ”That can’t be true. If it was true, it would be on the cover of
every newspaper everywhere. I mean, that’s huge news.” And I said, “No, totally, it’s true. And on top of that Americans are eating 160
pounds of sugar every year.” She goes, “That can’t be true either. That’d on the cover of every… No way.” Then I don’t know if any of you had this experience
with your husband or wife. You share something profound with them, but
they won’t believe it till they hear it from somebody else. Have you had that? So a couple of weeks later, we’re in London
and we’re at this conference and Bill Clinton is speaking right before me, try following
that, right? So Bill Clinton is on stage and then he does
Q&A. And this woman says, you know, “Mr. President,
what do you think are the most, you know, what are the biggest dangers we’re facing
today?” So he goes, “Well, obesity is seven times
more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and with the average American eating
160 pounds of sugar a year, we got a problem.” My wife goes, “Did you hear that?” Thanks. The point that I’m trying to make to you is
again, back to the teenager and sage, I’m not saying don’t have fun. Look, you guys have to know. For those of you who’ve done WildFit, you
know there are fundamental principles about freedom, WildFit is about you eating what
you want to eat when you want to eat it, but it’s about changing those wants, right? Like, we have to change them and so, the teenager
and the sage, they can do that for you. The next time you’re sitting there looking
at this food and you go this is nonfunctional food, the sage is gonna be the one to say,
“Really?” And the teenager to go, “But you are in Italy.” Right? And I’m not saying you can’t do it, but I’m
saying it’s not the decision you make in a given moment that affects your longevity. It’s the decisions you make every single day
cumulatively. Everybody is making exceptions every day dietwise. So what we have to do is make sure if we want
longevity, look, guys, look, we know this, doctors, how much time do they spend studying
food? Non-enlightened doctors, it’s not their fault. It’s the industry. How much time in a 6, 8, or 10-year medical
educational will they spend studying food? Zero. Now, would you… Let’s go back to our two cars. Would you take your car to a mechanic that
doesn’t study gas, oil, and transmission fluid? Under no circumstances. So you have to take charge of this. You’ve got to get it right and what I want
to suggest to you is that somebody handing you a bunch of food rules unless you’re highly
leveraged and unfortunately, for most people, they will not become highly leveraged until
they are sick. Is it true? So what you wanna do is get highly leveraged
and advance of being sick. That’s why I did this little exercise. Guys, those are the numbers out there and
you have the ability to affect that. And so, what I want to suggest is hey, let
the sage speak up a little from time to time. I’m not saying never have fun. I’m not saying never. But draw the line for yourself somewhere. Like, I’ll give you an example. Should Coca-Cola be an occasional thing? Absolutely not. It shouldn’t be, but you’re in Italy and you
wanna have a thin crust pizza. Can that be an occasional thing? Sure. Guys, I had one. Damn it, I just gave them permission. I had one, but you know what I did? It’s an old trick that we talk in WildFit. We talk about the psychology. I did the old trick. I said, “Yes, I can do this, but I absolutely
make a commitment to myself that when I am back from this, I will absolutely not. Because what I know about weed is that it’s
addictive.” Isn’t it true? You have bread one day and you want bread
the next day. Who came in here thinking, ”It’s my first
day in Italy, I’ll have one bowl of pasta.” And then the next day you want it again, right? So one of the tricks in WildFit is and it’s
a principle of WildFit is there’s a significant amount of freedom on the other side of a promise
because you see, if you don’t make the promise, you go, “I’ll decide at the time.” That’s never a good idea. You know, do you guys know OM? What’s it called one? Female: OneTaste. Eric: OneTaste. Apparently some of the practitioners at OneTaste
will tell you at the beginning of your session… For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking
about it’s on OM, Orgasmic Meditation. So you go to this place and they have them
in San Francisco, New York, they’re all over the place. And apparently some of the practitioners will
say, “Well, after our session together, we could hook up.” Well, all the women that go to these things,
they’ll tell you, “Make that decision before the session starts.” Because once the session is underway, you
won’t have a choice anymore. I’m saying same thing with food, don’t go
to the restaurant and decide. Don’t wake up in the morning and go, “Hey,
I’ll decide for us today.” If you’re gonna come on vacation and you’re
gonna have a bit of fun, then you make a firm commitment, “When I get home…” For those of you who are on WildFit, “I’m
going into spring.” Does this make sense to you? Audience: Yes. Eric: It’s just like, you can have fun. We were sitting with Jeffrey Perlman, one
of the owners of Zumba. We’re sitting… Andrea and I were sitting with Jeffrey and
we’re trying to figure out what is the brand promise, what is WildFit really about. And we really brainstormed this out. You know, Coca-Cola wants to buy happiness,
Harley Davidson wants to own irreverence and rebellion. And we’re like, okay, what is WildFit all
about? And it came down to one thing, freedom. It came down to one thing, freedom. Freedom from the food industry, freedom from
the pharmaceutical industry, freedom to live a healthy life, freedom. And then the next morning, this is in Jamaica
for those who were there, in Jamaica the next morning, we’re sitting at the table having
breakfast and a guy comes out of the… He’s got his food and he walks out of the
buffet, and he walks up to the table and he goes, “Excuse me.” “Yes.” He goes, “Can I just talk to you for a minute?” I’m like, ”Sure.” He goes, “I just wanna thank you.” I said, “For what?” And no kidding he says, “For my freedom.” And Jeffrey, and Andrea, and I looked… I have goosebumps telling you. We looked at each other and we’re like, “Holy…” Like, and then Jeffrey goes, “Wait, wait,
wait, wait. What exactly do you mean by freedom? What do you mean by freedom?” Like, if you really want to understand. He goes, “I just walked through the buffet
area and I didn’t even see the bread, and the croissants, and the donuts because I didn’t
regard them as an option. It didn’t even occur to me that they were
food.” How nice is that? Freedom. Okay. So we’ve had our air, we’ve had our water,
and we’ve talked about getting our nutrients. And incidently, human beings have traditionally
eaten 200 plant species a year. Do you know what the average American eats
a year? Five and that’s only because the FDA now allows
pizza to be a fruit and vegetable. Good news for you here in Italy. Pizza is one of your five a day fruits and
vegetables. So then we move to the next thing and the
next thing is about movement, the next thing is about movement. You got to take the car out and take it for
a drive, right? You got to take the car and take it for a
drive. If you don’t take it for a drive, it’s going
to atrophy, it’s going to die, it’s going to seize up, it’s gonna lose flexibility. Your body is the same. Now, here’s the tough part of this, it takes
some discipline and it takes discipline because it’s something that I’ve been working on and
I’ll share with you guys, I believe that almost all of the suffering that humans undertake
now, almost all of the suffering that we experience these days stems from something we call the
evolution gap. And the evolution gap is an understanding
that our physical bodies evolved over a really long period of time very slowly and that our
society suddenly evolved very quickly. And so that means that we have hardware and
software instincts that are for one style of life and then we have a society that’s
very different. Does this make sense? Audience: Yes. Eric: So many of the things that we try to
do in our modern day society are at odds with our instincts and at odds with our physiology. I’ll give you a great example. Lately, you’ve seen in the diet and fitness
world that the vilification of fruit, fruit is wrong. You can’t eat fruit. It’s evil. Really? It’s absolutely not. It’s vital. It’s incredibly important. It plays a very valuable role in your life. The challenge is that our ancestors ate fruit
when mother nature provided it for a few weeks and then it was gone, and then they moved
on. And now, unfortunately, we can’t have it all
the time. Well, what I would suggest to you is just
about everything can be overdone. Can you overdo oxygen? Can you overdo air? So clearly, you can overdo fruit, but what
I really want to get at is that our ancestors were forced to travel huge distances to satisfy
their most basic nutritional requirements. In social anthropology there’s this interesting
measurement, it’s called calories per acre and you measure people at their different
levels of development on their calories per acre, how many calories do they have per acre
in their existence. So for example, the Hadza bushmen, the !Kung
bushmen, they live with only a very small number of calories per acre, very small number
of calories. They have to travel, they have to go get it. The Maasai on the other hand, they’re pastoralists. So they carry livestock around with them. So they have created hundreds of thousands
of calories per acre. At another level up, they become agriculturalist. So they’re growing millions of calories per
acre. And then you can go to Anaheim, California
where the whole fast food thing began and now, we’re at a point of billions of calories
per acre. And that’s what started messing us up in the
’70s and ’80s, and then Uber Eats. Because now you have billions of calories
per living room without any effort of any kind. The last time I went proper hunting with the
bushmen, I went out to go visit with the bushmen. Again, I’ve done a number of visits with them
and I got up one morning, and the chief and I have become quite good friends. And he says to me, “Do you wanna go hunting.” And of course, I’m “Yeah, let’s go hunting. I’m ready. Let’s go.” And we head out. And I thought, you know what? I’ve always been curious how far we go on
these trips. We usually go out for two or three hours. I wanna know how much ground we cover. So I take a pedometer with me. There’s no cell coverage out there, but my
phone will still track the distance. I also noticed that the bushmen weren’t taking
any water with them. So I thought, well, you know when in Rome,
don’t take water. That was not the smartest thing I’ve ever
done. We went out that day. It was 42 degrees centigrade outside, in Fahrenheit
it is really hot. I don’t know, but it’s really hot. It’s a hundred and something. And so, we headed out that day and we’re running
along, and we’re tracking, and we’re climbing up cliffs, and we’re descending down cliffs,
and we’re ducking under trees, and the thorns are shredding our legs. And it’s like, it’s among the hardest miles
I’ve ever done in my life and we did 27 of them, 27 of them. At around about mile 6, I’m going, “What are
these guys doing about water?” Because I figured they knew there was a lake
or a river somewhere, you know. Like, they didn’t carry their WildFit water
bottle with them. Like, “What’s going on here?” And then at about mile 26, we arrived at this
little farm camp of a group of people very much like the Maasai and they had this trough
where all their goats drink from. And so, the bushmen got down on their knees,
they moved the slime out of the way, and they drank the water. I did not. I figured I could make it another mile back. I made it another mile back. I drank two 2-liter bottles of water immediately,
27 miles. I did not train for that marathon and it was
not like the London marathon that I did run. You know, on the London marathon they’re like,
”You got to be really careful of the cobblestone streets, man. They’re hard, they’re murder on you.” They are. I would beg for cobblestone streets. Out there it’s a whole different thing, right? And then the chief, the chief and I have quite
a fun little friendship, you know, like I asked him one day, I’d sent out questions
to the whole world and said, “What would you like me to ask the bushmen?” Tony Robbins wrote back to me and he said,
“I want you to ask them about their purpose of life and what happens when you die.” And so, I said to the bushmen, you know, I
said, “What’s the purpose of life?” And he says, “To be the best version of you
that you could possibly be.” I’m like, “Where is your online program, dude?” I’m like, I said, “Could you tell me more
about that?” And he goes, “Well, look, you’re a city guy.” And he thinks of me as the city guy. He can’t think in other terms and he goes,
“And I’m a bushman.” He goes, “So, I need to be the best bushman
that I can be and you need to be the best city guy you can be.” And I’m like, “Okay.” And I go, “But now, I’m a city guy visiting
you here in the bush.” And he goes, “Well, then you should be the
best city guy visiting a bushman here.” Like, he’s explaining to me like I’m 12, right? And then I go, “Okay, okay. But what if I as a city guy decided to like,
just abandon my life and come and be a bushman?” And he goes, “Well, then you should then just
be the very best bushman you could be.” It was pretty straightforward for him. And then I go, “Okay. Well, you know, Tony Robbins wants to know
what happens when you die.” And he goes, “We move the camp.” And I go, “What do you mean?” And he goes, “We move the camp.” And I go, ”Why?” And he goes, “Well, because you’re dead and
you’re gonna start stinking.” I said, “I’m not sure you understood the question. What I want to know is what happens to me
when I die?” And he goes, “We move the village.” And I go, “No. But me, me. Like, me.” And he goes, “You stay behind.” I said, “Okay. I go, “No. But me. Like, the me that’s me, that’s not my body.” And he goes, “There is no me, that’s not your
body.” He said, “You’re here to live this life.” And I really like the idea of that. I don’t like the idea that we give up our
life for some imagined future. Maybe there is one, maybe we get to reincarnate,
maybe we have another life. That’s all fantastic, but I’m thinking that
there are a lot of people who have traded their present existence for this imaginary
future and I wanna stop doing that. And so, the last thing that I wanna talk to
you about like, when you think about your physical body, your cardiovascular fitness
is extremely healthy. It’s extremely point to you. Is this true? Your heart and lungs, you got to have them. They got to work, you got to exercise them. If you’re not doing like, a minimum of, like,
7,000 to 15,000 steps a day you’re not using the car enough. And then how bout flexibility? Do you think flexibility might be important
to your longevity? It’s like, the most important thing in your
physical body outside of the nutrition, and air, and water because aging is simply the
reduction of flexibility. Aging is the reduction of flexibility in your
mind. Have you notice some like, I’ll tell you,
you go live in England for a little while and watch people like, man, you got… When they get old it’s like, they got to watch
this show at exactly that time, they can only drink their tea at exactly 10:00. You don’t wanna mess with that. They get very rigid in their thought process,
but they get physically rigid as well. Come on. Haven’t we all seen the stooped over, crunched
over? I’ve learned so much… Like, do you guys know fascia? We’ve been working with a guy who does effectively
resistive stretching to release the fascia off your muscles and it is life changing. You know, fascia is like an internal cast. It’s there to protect you from injury and
all that kind of stuff. But it gets thicker and thicker, and it interrupts
electrical flow. It stops your thoughts from being able to
pass through properly and it causes you to be restrictive. Here’s the thing, guys. I am closer to 50 than I am. I’m 48 years old and, you know, one day, Elise
and I went to a yoga class and the woman said to… We were engaged and the woman said to Elise
like, “What’s his backbend like?” You don’t wanna marry a guy without a good
backbend. It’s an indication of aging. And so, you guys let me know. Should she have married me? Audience: Yes. Eric: Flexibility is youth. How about this one, guys. Like, I tell you, at what point in time do
you stop being able to be a kid? You know, when you open up your flexibility
and be able do this stuff. Like, I’m telling you, yoga and flexibility
is unbelievably important to your longevity, and muscle density, and bone density which
you only get from resistive exercise. Go get your Tenex class, get some resistance
in on your muscles. Make sure that you have an impact from time
to time because your bones only get stronger with impact. But now, let’s talk about your mind because
your mind has so much to do with this. Viktor Frankl noticed when he was in a concentration
camp during World War 2 that when rumors circulated that the Allied forces would be releasing
and liberating the camps at Christmas that people stopped dying, the people in the labor
camp stopped dying. And then when the Allied forces didn’t come
at Christmas, they would resume dying. I was reading a study just yesterday where
they took a bunch of women, Chinese women and there’s a very special Chinese holiday
that celebrates older women and you know what’s fascinating? Is those women, the death rate falls by 33%
in the week prior to the holiday and then it jumps up by 35% after the holiday. A similar study was done with Jews and Passover
that the death rate fell before Passover and came back after Passover. Your mind… As a matter of fact, there was a quote that
one of the guys from the study said. I wanted to read it to you guys. The quote is, “At present, the best available
explanation of the findings is that the deaths of some people are postponed until they have
reached psychologically significant occasions.” So I suggest to you, create many psychologically
significant occasions for you and I wanna help you create one right now. Are you guys in? Audience: Yes. Eric: All right. So if we could have the lights down and I’m
gonna suggest that you might wanna get yourself comfortable. I want you right now just for a moment to
think about what your ideal situation in your health and longevity would be in five years. Think about that and I wanna take you there. So I find that going into a deep place of
relaxation is not always as simple as just counting from 10 down to 1. It requires some steps and one of the steps
that I enjoy the most is taking your 10 toes and wiggling them, and then letting them go. And then as you take that relaxation in your
10 toes, you can let it spread through your feet and allow it develop some warmth, and
let it move up through your calves, your shins, and let it circulate around your knees. And as you allow the warmth and the relaxation
circulate around your knees, you can let it pour up into your thighs, and into your bum,
and into your groin, through your hips into your belly, lower back, nine. And then you can allow that feeling to spread
up through your back over in your shoulders, eight. Until it starts to feel like seven. Allow it to pour over into your chest, six. And then allow it to pour down your shoulders
into your arms to your, five, fingers on each hand. And allow the warmth and relaxation to spread
it right up over your back into your neck up over your head, and drip it down over your
face until even the little muscles at the corners of your eyes relax. And as that relaxation gets deeper and deeper,
allow yourself to breathe beautifully, allow yourself to breathe beautifully. And from here, I want you to get a clear vision
of what longevity means to you. In order for you to live the long, healthy,
vibrant, amazing life you wanna live, what do you need to be like? What do you need to look like five years from
today? If you did everything right, if you listen
to the sage more often and you did everything right, what would your body look like? How would your mind feel? What would your habits be like? How would you look? How would the people around you look? And so, what I wanna do now is I wanna take
you to that day. I want you to imagine that it’s five years
from now and we’re back at A-Fest. We’re back at A-Fest and you look and feel
fantastic. People walk up to you on the greeting night
at the initial mix and they’re like, “Oh, my God. You look younger now than you did way back
in Italy.” Like, “What have you done? It’s incredible.” In fact, at one point I want you to imagine
that you have an opportunity to step into your hotel room and just look into the mirror
for a minute, and celebrate your youth, and celebrate your youthfulness, and celebrate
your health. And right now just for a moment, I want you
to really go there. I want you to really experience how you would
feel if this time, if this time you did the things that needed to be done. You followed your longevity constitution,
you were working out, you ate well, you really meditated properly, you really just… For some reason, it all clicked into place
for you and you really live the way you knew you need to be living. How much joy would you feel? How proud of yourself would you be? What would your self-esteem feel like? And in this place, five years from now, I
want you to do something very important and that is I want you to remember how you got
here. I want you to remember what it is that you
started doing after Italy. What are some of the things you started doing? What are some of the things that you did more
of? What are some of the things that you stopped
doing? What are some of the things that you did less
of? Hey, I know, I want you to imagine right now
that you don’t need to know exactly what I’m talking about. Do you remember that time? Do you remember that time just like about
a week after A-Fest in Italy when you were about to eat that thing and you didn’t? That’s why you got here today. Oh, and do you member that other time when
you were like, “Oh, I really don’t feel like going out for a walk or a run.” But then you were like, “No, I’m gonna do
it this time.” Do you remember those times? Wasn’t that cool? Do you remember that one time you’re like,
“Oh, I really should go for a bit of a work out”? And you didn’t feel like it, but then you
phoned a friend and you decided to do it together. Do you member that? And do you remember, there was that other
time you were in the restaurant and you were looking at the menu, and you saw two items,
the one you really wanted, the teenager wanted, and the one the sage wanted? Do you remember that? But you started ordering for the sage. And you notice how the first times you did
those things, they started to just affect everything about the way you made decisions
that every time you listen to the sage, your self-esteem improved? Do you remember that? That’s how you got here. You got here because you started listening
to the true you and not the petulant teenager. Yeah, it’s in there, but you started to listen
to you. Just for a moment I’m gonna give you some
silence and I want you to think about some of the things that you need, that you want
to do more of, that you want to eat more of. And I want you to think about some of the
habits that you wanna do less of, that you did less of. I want you to remember how you did that. And as you think about that, as you embody
that future, as you embody the five years that led to that future, I want you to prepare
to come back into this room into this time. But I want you to hold onto the memory of
how you lived to get there. I want you to hold onto the feeling of self-esteem
and value that you had there. And so as you ease your way back into this
room, you’re gonna be able to ease your eyes open. And as you do that, I want you to look around
the room. And without saying anything, I want you to
ease your eyes open only as quickly and easily as you can accept this other future, this
proper future, and look around the room and make eye contact with a few people. And I want you to send them one message. Look them in the eye right now. Lights up a little and send them this message,
“I am glad you came. I’m really glad you came.” And I really am glad you came. Thank you so very much, everybody. Have a fantastic day. Thank you so much.


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