Fitness column: Choosing to exercise is a wise decision
“It’s easy to see how much working out at the gym has improved your friend’s energy and body shape and then decide, ‘I’m going to do that.’ But when it is time to go, will you do it? When you get so sore that you have to fall on a chair to sit down and pray that you can get up, will you keep going? When something that sounds like more fun comes along, will you keep going?”
— Joyce Meyer
One of my passions is learning. I love to study human behavior and the environment’s effect on humans. As humans we love freedom, we like to do what we want to do and eat what we want to eat.
It is a normal part of human behavior. Most children yearn to grow up because they don’t want to follow rules. They picture their life as adults making their own decisions and doing whatever they want to do, going to bed early, watching television all night or just playing all day. As children, we don’t want anyone to come and tell us what to do. However, every decision we make comes with consequences. We can only affect the consequences by the decisions we make before. The reality is that there are natural laws we can’t ignore. Our body, for example, is designed to be active. Our ancestors were very active; they had only animals and their bodies to get the work done. They hunted; collected fruits, vegetables and grains; carried water from the river; traveled by foot or horses; built things from scratch and by hand, etc. Everything they did was physically demanding.
Nowadays, we don’t even have half of the physical demands humans used to have. We drive everywhere, pumps deliver all the water, meat is farm raised and precut for us, meals are already prepared for us to eat, our fruits and vegetables are picked and ready at the supermarket for us … Yes, we still have some work that requires physical activity but not nearly as much as before. Our bodies can’t adapt to the new lifestyle, and some of the consequences are early diseases, aging, illness and obesity.
Keeping your body active, constantly challenging it and getting out of your comfort zone are positive habits. Exercise as a habit will help you to lose weight, slow down aging, fight many diseases, and have a higher quality of life. I know it is not as easy as watching TV, but the body was not made to watch TV. It was made to be active and to be challenged. This is the reason exercise has many benefits.
Do you want to improve your life? Are you ready to be sore? Are you ready to put negative and unproductive habits to the side to make time for exercise? Or are you ready to be ill, age quickly and gain weight? I read once that whoever doesn’t make time for exercise will make time for disease. We are the architects of our own life. The truth is that exercise improves our life, and a sedentary lifestyle has a negative side effect. By the end, we are free to do what we want to do, but we are not free to choose the outcome of our choices.
In other words, the outcome of your life will depend on the decisions you make today. People expect to be healthy, strong and focused, with no pain, and have an acceptable body without taking into consideration the consequences of the decisions they are making now. I want the best from my body and life in general. Therefore, I choose to get the best outcome by making the best decisions now. I know you also want the best for your life, and this is the reason why you took your valuable time to read this column. You have decided to learn more about your health and put it into practice. You are a smart person with tremendous potential. Make the right decision for your health.
Sandro Torres is a fitness professional and owner of Custom Body Fitness in Carbondale. His column appears on the second Tuesday of the month in Body & More.
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