Superheroes exist to fight evil and save the day. While they’re not real, they’re certainly very popular these days.
There’s a good reason for that popularity. Superheroes are a reflection of us. They take normal human traits and magnify them to amazing size. But superheroes can inspire us, too. By taking a look at some of the basic traits of superheroes, you can learn a few techniques for healthy living.
Here are four ways a person can become healthy and strong like a superhero.
1. Live wholesomely like Captain America
Steve Rogers is a man out of time. During World War Two, this puny patriot was rejected by the Army, only to find himself accepted into the Super Soldier Program. A special serum gave him a boost in strength, speed, and stamina, and helped him lead the Allies to victory.
At the end of the war, Captain America was knocked unconscious in the sea and then frozen solid, where he remained until he was discovered and thawed out in the present day. But he’s a man out of time, in more ways than one.
Captain America has always been about old-fashioned, clean living: daily workouts, three square meals a day, and a positive attitude. You don’ t need a super soldier serum to be like Cap; you just need his mindset. Stick with a daily workout, don’t let negativity hold you down, and always do your best.
2. Be passionate like The Hulk
When Bruce Banner was accidentally bombarded with gamma radiation, his inner monster was created and unleashed. Dubbed the Hulk, this behemoth is the strongest character in the Marvel Universe. But what’s the source of Hulk’s powers? As most comic readers and movie watchers know, you wouldn’t like Bruce when he’s angry.
When the Hulk is on a rampage and grows ever more angry, he also becomes stronger. While bringing anger into your routine probably isn’t healthy, bringing passion certainly can have great benefits.
Workouts can be a great way to relieve stress and clear your mind. The Hulk has a lot of challenges, but he uses the adversity to make himself stronger. Take a page from the Hulk’s playbook and use passion to power through your workouts.
3. Run like the Flash
An accident turned scientist Barry Allen into The Fastest Man Alive. As the Flash, he can move faster than the naked eye. And, obviously, he does a lot of running.
You don’t have to be The Fastest Man Alive, but look to the Flash and incorporate running into your workout routine. Running has many advantages. You can do it almost anywhere. It’s relatively low-cost (you just need some shoes and some clothes).
And it can be fun. Really! It strengthens your muscles and improves your stamina. So if you’re looking for a new way to stay healthy, try running. The red body suit is optional.
4. Use technology like Iron Man
After being kidnapped by terrorists, billionaire Tony Stark built a super suit of armor and fought his way to freedom. Back at home, he further developed the suit and became Iron Man, a superhero for the modern age. There’s a lesson to be learned from Tony Stark: Technology, properly used, can help you achieve your goals.
Don’t be afraid of exercise equipment! An array of specialized machines can help you work specific muscles in ways other types of general exercise cannot. Equipment such as a TENS machine can help relieve pain, grow muscle, and assist in injury recovery.
While you can certainly get into good shape without any equipment, the right equipment can take your physical condition to a whole new level. So be like Tony and don’t be afraid of a little technological assist.
These four tips will add a healthy dose of superheroics to your regular workouts. While you probably won’t be called on to save the world, at the very least you’ll be keeping your body in top shape. Excelsior!