Monday, March 14, 2011

Work on yourself

Why is it that it’s so difficult to do well, and so easy to throw it away?

That statement can be taken about 10,000 different ways, so let me be more clear. Losing weight is so very hard, yet we can put on a few pounds without even realizing it. You work out four or five days a week, diet and if you’re lucky you lose a pound or two in a week. And dieting is hard. I hate dieting. I don’t mean eating healthy, I mean really dieting – where you change your habits and deprive yourself. 

Some people have a lot of weight to lose, some a little, and some just need to maintain their healthy lifestyle. But our weight is an indicator of our health, and it’s something that too many of us let fall by the wayside. The most important thing a person can do for themselves is to live a healthy lifestyle and that includes maintaining a healthy weight, which prevents medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. 

We all know we should eat right and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight, but so many of us don’t do it. We stay at work late and can’t find the time to get to the gym; we are tired, so we skip the gym; or we have to run to an appointment and eat something quick, and make the wrong food decision. Every day we have the option to find an excuse, and we need to find the drive to not make excuses – we have to find the proper mindset and routine.

I’ve been in the mindset and out of it numerous times in my life. When you get a new job, or you meet someone new, or you have a child, the gym suddenly gets harder and harder to fit in and we tend to eat quicker, less healthy and nutritious foods. We lose sight of our health, without even realizing it.

We spend 10 minutes showering in the morning, 20 minutes on our hair and makeup and 10 minutes more trying to figure out what to wear; yet we can always find an excuse not to spend 45 minutes at the gym. We’ll spend that much time getting our nails done, but can’t find the time to work on our health. 

So when did it become OK to be overweight? What I mean is, it shouldn’t be seen as acceptable to be overweight. We need to stop making excuses for being lazy and making bad decisions – we need to take care of ourselves. Weight shouldn’t be seen merely as a vanity issue, but a health issue. Being overweight is an unnecessary health risk.

And I know working out is hard, and the results aren’t immediate, which is I think where the hesitation lies. When we spend 30 minutes doing our hair, we have instant gratification; but with our fitness, we don’t see the results immediately, and as a society we are too impatient for that. But if you work out regularly, you will see results – there’s no doubt about that. You just have to have patience, and be consistent. You have to continuously make better decisions, and find the time to work on you.

So I challenge each and every one of you reading this – get out and exercise today. Go for a run, use cardio equipment, free weights, swim some laps in the pool or take a fun fitness classes . Even if you don’t have time to go to the gym, take a 20 minute walk at lunch. 

Working out should be fun, you just have to find what is fun for you. For me, it’s Zumba, I have fun and get a great workout! Find what works for you, and start getting the body you deserve!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LOVE love zumba! awesome article BTW.
jen m.