For most of us, the word EXERCISE usually creates a strong EMOTIONAL response that looks something like one of these pictures:
Why does exercise create such “traumatic” reactions and expressions? Is it because:
We don’t like being told what to do?
We don’t like doing things that aren’t FUN?
We don’t like spending money on our health?
We don’t like the idea of being responsible for our own health?
I’m sure the list is more extensive, but the reality is:
WE DON’T WANT TO DO IT!!
We know we should. We know it’s important. We make resolutions ANNUALLY to commit ourselves to incorporating this NECESSARY activity into our lives. ….and then….
WE RENEGE ON OUR COMMITMENT.
We create fictitious reasons. We create excuses. We convince ourselves there just isn’t enough time to exercise and perform all other activities of daily living.
Let’s face it, if we don’t exercise, it doesn’t affect our ability (on a daily basis) to live our typical lifestyles? We may have less energy, less clarity and less emotional and physical fortitude, but we can get through the day without tangible evidence of self harm. Knowing this, we convince ourselves that exercise is more a recreational activity than an activity required to live a healthy life. This belief is reinforced when we hear stories of young people that have died of cancer or heart attacks in spite of living a healthy lifestyle. We justify our actions (or lack of actions) by using these ISOLATED examples to represent a false belief that exercise is not essential for quality health. This narrative fits our lifestyles and makes us feel more comfortable with our lack of self discipline.
MY QUESTION IS THIS:
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION THAT FOLLOWS AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITHOUT EXERCISE TRULY ENJOYS A LIFE OF QUALITY?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED?
Why were we given the opportunity of life?
What have we done with this opportunity?
If we could start all over, would we follow the same path we’ve chosen or accepted?
Why do we accept LESS than we deserve?
Is it worth continuing down a road of self destruction knowing better opportunities exist? Are you willing to recognize SELF IMPORTANCE and improve SELF VALUE by “raising the bar” to a level exceeding the MINIMAL threshold necessary to achieving greater clarity, meaning and purpose in life? Would you like to be part of the SOLUTION to help yourself, your family and your friends achieve these same benefits?
It doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with an HONEST COMMITMENT in a REALISTIC MANNER. The reason most people have difficulty in the LONG TERM is because they “over promise” and “under deliver.” They begin an UNSUSTAINABLE PROCESS that terminates in failure. If lessons were learned to improve future outcomes, the “failure” could be viewed in a positive manner. Instead, we have a tendency to repeat the same kinds of mistakes foolishly expecting better end results.
Whether it’s diet, exercise, meditation, etc…, it must be gradual and require a reasonable time frame. Exercising 6-7 days a week for an hour each day is NOT REALISTIC. Exercising 2-4 days/week for 15-30 minutes each time IS REALISTIC.
DON’T BEGIN A NUTRITION PLAN, EXERCISE PLAN, ETC… AT A PACE YOU CAN’T MAINTAIN FOR:
THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
As long as your doctor hasn’t told you to avoid exercise, begin your plan TODAY. Decide for yourself what type of exercise YOU CHOOSE to begin as well as how much time you are COMFORTABLE at committing. This is EXACTLY where EVERY PERSON living a healthy lifestyle begins!
This time, don’t make it a resolution; make it a LIFESTYLE and LIFETIME DECISION. It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you do it!
IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER!