Thursday May 7, 2009 - What's Your Excuse?

For not making your health and fitness a priority? I know there are a million of them and they are all running through your head right now as you read this. Everyone pretty much has the same ones. Honestly, though, they aren't the real reasons you don't exercise, eat right and take care of your health. The real reasons run much deeper than, work, kids, other commitments, too tired blah blah blah. What is it really? Selfishness. It is the driving force behind these flimsy excuses. Granted, all of those other things are important, but there are plenty of people out there that are 100 times more busy than you are who are still exercising and eating right. So the bottom line is none of your excuses are justified. Let me repeat that again, none of your excuses for not exercising and eating right are justified. You just use them to coddle your conscience into feeling better about not doing what you know you should be doing.

Now back to the selfishness, that seems so counter-intuitive to most of you. You think it would be selfish to actually take time to exercise and eat right. But in actuality it is selfish to not exercise and eat right. Now why is that? Because by not exercising and eating right you are essentially saying I'm going to do what I want to do regardless of how it affects anyone else. Affecting others, "How does me not exercising and eating right affect others?". It does so in many ways, if you have children (which is often a prime excuse for not exercising and eating right) you through your lack of action in the area of exercise and proper eating are saying to them that these things aren't important and that it's ok to be overweight, out of shape and unhealthy. Do as I say not as I do doesn't work for very long. Your kids will follow in your footsteps. Secondly, by not exercising and eating right you are putting yourself in a position where you can't perform at your best and have the energy to use your talents and abilities to be a productive member of society. In other words you won't be able to perform as well at work, thus cheating your employer out of your best effort, you will get sick more, need to use doctors and medications more, not be able to be as good of a friend etc. etc. etc. You will not be able to be the best you can be and use the God given talents you have to make a positive impact on the world. And this is wrong, as you are cheating others and society as a whole out of the many positive benefits that would flow from your actions if your body was in the best condition possible. So stop being lazy and selfish and start making exercise and eating right a priority in your life. And if you aren't sure what you need to do then there are plenty of resources out there where you can find out.

Just remember, every action or in-action in your life affects others directly or indirectly regardless of whether you admit it or not.