2 Reasons You Should Definitely Make the Effort to Get in Shape
It’s 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. It was a hectic week, topped off with a long and exciting Friday night. I’m just now getting in. Upon remembering all I have to do over the horribly short weekend, I panicked. I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Guess what happens next?
Invariably, whenever I do that madness, I end up sleeping until 10, 11 or even 12 the next morning! Having given my body a most unrealistic goal, my brain and body then conspire to ignore my alarm and instead, have me sleep until they are good and ready to wake up.
I want to encourage you in relation to how you treat your body. Right now, your primary responsibility is not to make commitments about fitness that you are very likely to break like getting “a 6 pack,” or “a chiseled chest,” or “the most toned thighs ever!”
Instead of setting unrealistic and depressing goals for yourself (and then accomplish nothing as a result), appreciate that a priority of your life should be simply to get-and-keep your body running at its most profitable minimum standard. Here’s why:
Your Body Is Central to Your Purpose
Fact: Your body is a tool. It’s a tool that you possess for the benefit of fulfilling your purpose in life. To use the tool for that goal however, the tool must serve the workman and not visa versa.
Sometimes (most times) the reasons you give for not being able to give your time, or energy to things that matter (like going somewhere special, thinking and creating, reading, exercising, etc) though they may feel genuine to you, are really just excuses from a bad workman/woman who doesn’t actually have control of his/her tool.
As Plato said:
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”
Ignore the Tool Long Enough And . . .
Think long term with me a second. While it is true that bad workmen/women, who lack the necessary skill and will to do a job, may end up blaming their tools, it doesn’t mean that all who blame their tools are bad workmen/women.
Sometimes the tools just do not work. Plain and simple. When that happens, try as the workman/woman may, she/he can do nothing.
If develop a culture of neglecting your body now (in your 20s & 30s) – eventually, parts will malfunction. Then what?
- You FINALLY get the job but can’t match the intensity.
- You FINALLY marry but “just don’t have the energy to keep up.” Labelled boring.
- You FINALLY have children but can’t play with them, or be active in their lives.
- You FINALLY reach that major milestone when a chronic but preventable disease kills the fun.
- You die young, from arteries clogged arteries up with French Fries.
What Your Body Needs
Why not start with the basics? Your body needs two main things:
These are the regular, year round requirements of a healthy body:
- Basic exercise (about 3 times per week for an hour or so);
- A healthy (in content and quantity) diet; and
- Adequate sleep.
- Regular stretching;
- High volume of water;
- Multi-vitamins; and
- Your relevant medication.
Remember to concentrate on becoming healthy before you focus on additional and more complex (and often, more frustrating) goals like getting a six pack and so forth. You want to be fit enough before you press your body.
Note (re: improvements) as you improve your body, you may have to consider your wardrobe. Read what I wrote about Erotic Capital (Being Short, Fat and Ugly May Be Keeping You Poor) on MoneyMax101.com.
If you want to investigate the issue further I have addressed many of the benefits of exercise in previous articles. Check them out:
- Summer Body? Create Your Fitness Goals in 6 Simple Steps!;
- Only for the Serious: 50 Ways to Lose Weight NOW and to Get in Shape;
- 5 Great Ways to Get and Stay Motivated to Exercise;
- The Top 11 Reasons You Don’t Exercise;
- 3 Incredibly Successful People Who Cannot Go A Day Without Exercise;
- Everything You Need to Get a Flat Tummy this Summer;
- It’s Time to Change Your Attitude Toward Exercise;
- One FREE Resource to Seriously Boost Your Commitment to Regular Walking, Running or Cycling;
- How to use GMAP Pedometer for Your Run or Ride (PLUS – a note on its deficiencies).
Ok, what will you change today to ensure that you treat your body better?
This is part 5 of the 7 part series “Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.”
Read the posts in this series: