How To Become Younger | Eric Edmeades

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