“Leave all afternoon for recreation and exercise, which are as necessary as reading, I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than anything”.
I will attempt to be gentle and respectful during this blog but too many people are ignoring the importance of this ever-increasing health issue worldwide.
I certainly agree with Thomas Jefferson, health is worth more than anything. And I find that exercise is one of the main factors that affords me good health.
A well-known physician once said that most people are mostly healthy most of the time. I agreed with him when I first heard him say that but not so much anymore. I’ve changed it
to most people could be healthy most of the time if they changed their lifestyle.
According to Wikipedia, obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world with as of 2007 with 74.1% of the adults being overweight or obese.
Many of those overweight or obese people can’t be happy, I’ve seen the look on the faces of some of these people when they were put under stress and had to move quickly.
Unfortunately some of my co-workers on the Fire and Police Departments were, and still are, overweight.
I’ve been there when the time came for immediate action and sadly some of my partners were not capable of springing into action. And when confronted about their size they would always say “you don’t need to worry about me, I can handle the job when the time comes”. Many times they couldn’t and didn’t and it was up to the rest of us to take up the slack and make sure the rescue was completed and the life was saved.
It’s a sad sight when that Firefighter or Police Officer is totally winded and has to stop and drop down on his/her knees to wait and catch their breath because they’re overweight and out of shape. The look on their faces said, “I can’t do it, I’m out of breath, I hurt, please wait.” They weren’t healthy and certainly were not happy. They talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk.
So how did they get this way? Many of them got caught in a yo-yo dieting cycle and others had too many donuts, drank too much beer, smoked cigarettes, ate way too much fried food and didn’t exercise. A sad story but true, and it was quite obvious that they were unhappy. It’s hard to be happy when you’re out of breath most of the time and a simple movement such as getting up out of chair is difficult because you’re overweight.
I think the best way not to get caught up in the yo-yo dieting cycle is DON’T DIET and change your lifestyle.
Here are a few tips that helped put me on the road to good health and happiness:
- Portion control (how much do you eat at each sitting). My meals are eaten from a luncheon plate not a dinner plate and the serving is no larger than the size of my fist. On a hard training day I eat a little more.
- What you’re eating – be cognizant of what you’re eating, if necessary consult a registered dietician.
- Have an exercise regimen (no excuses, it’s a must). I’ve heard the advertisements telling us how to lose weight without exercise. I’m telling you there’s nothing healthy about not exercising. If you haven’t been exercising get a checkup and if you doctor gives you the OK, set up a regimen and get started. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on gym memberships or expensive equipment. You’ve read some of my other blogs, you already have what you need, so just get started.
Do you want to be happy? If the answer is yes then develop a plan today and get started.
Lose the weight, exercise and enjoy life.
And never say you’re too old or you can’t because you’re not and you can.
P. S. My videos will show you simple exercises without the need of using expensive gym