Sunday Jan 25, 2016
I wake up every morning early to have coffee, read articles on fitness, post on Facebook or my website, get ready for my day at the office and get to the gym. I have been doing this for nearly 30 years. It’s a habit! I never give it a second thought…its just what I do. For me, nothing is more important than my health…so, this comes easy for me. Also, as a middle aged women with no known health issues…a healthy weight, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and plenty of energy…I, 100% believe this is achieved from a healthy diet, exercise and a good night’s rest.
It’s mind boggling that people will not take better care of themselves…
I do realize just because doing what is necessary to keep me off blood pressure medicine and any other kind of medication is easy for me…others struggle with exercise, eating healthier and just being active in general.
As a trainer, I hear all kinds of reasons why people don’t exercise. Also, an article in psychology today listed several reason why people won’t get moving. Take a look at the list.
I hate sweating.
I hate being too hot.
I hate being too cold.
I hate being out of breath.
I hate when my hair gets messed up.
I hate sore muscles.
I hate blisters and calluses.
I hate getting wet in the rain.
I hate getting out of bed when it’s dark and cold.
I hate going out at night when it’s dark and cold.
I hate getting dirty.
I hate working out in front of people at the gym.
REALLY? THESE REASONS TRUMP… Taking meds for high blood pressure and colesterol, poor muscle tone, loss of strength, flexibility and mobility, feeling tired all the time and so many spin offs from these problems. The way I see it, people are choosing to feel bad, move poorly and take meds because they don’t want to sweat or get up a little earlier? I could go on about insurance and healthcare costs…but what’s the point, if a lot of people are choosing poor health over better health because they might sweat, ache or be uncomfortable for a little bit.
When I see things like the above list it just really unsettles me. I see at my gym most mornings about 6am maybe 15-20 people come thru…yes, it’s pretty much the same people every morning…kudos to these people! There are probably 10 other fitness facilities in the surrounding area. If they all have 20 people at 6 am that equal 200 people getting their fit on before work. We probably have 170,000 people living in Jackson, Ms alone…and only 200 show up for a morning workout? Even if 1,700 people should up thru out the day and after work…that is only 1 percent of the Jackson population! If that doesn’t show how epidemic lack of exercise is right here where I live…I do not know what will drive it home.
Again, these are my thoughts and estimates from what I see, hear and read. Nothing will change…until we change.
I have said time and time again…it is each individual’s responsibility to take care of your body. Each of us has to move more, exercise more, eat healthier and get good rest. This is the prescription for a long healthy life… You may not like it, it may be uncomfortable and it may not fit into your day easily. We all have a choice. Choose the healthier way or keep feeling tired, keep taking meds, keep taking pills to help you sleep.
Everyone have a great day and make that change today!