Why Should I Exercise?
July 17, 2012 0 Comments
Why Should I Exercise? – I Have An Excuse!
It is so easy to come up with excuses. Why Should I Exercise? I just got done working. Why Should I Exercise? I did enough of that when I was younger. I am amazed that I asked this same question. I had so many excuses to justify not working out. I knew I was out of shape. Looking in the mirror, on any given day, proved that some sort of physical exercise was needed in my life. My wife would give me those gentle reminders, every now and then, and every time I would pull out the list of excuses and read one of them off to her. She would tell me the benefits of eating healthy and the benefits of exercising. She wasn’t really telling me anything that I didn’t already know, but I would let it go in one ear and out the other. Why Should I Exercise? I am so tired today!
Why Should I Exercise? – Is It Necessary?
When I was in high school, I didn’t have to ask the question Why Should I Exercise? I was in pretty decent shape. I had to impress the girls, so working out was mandatory for me! I wasn’t the strongest and I wasn’t the fastest. I also wasn’t the weakest and the slowest. My dad always said to me, “Son, there is always going to be someone out there stronger than you. There is always going to be someone faster. There is always going to be someone tougher.” I thought those were great words of wisdom. For the most part, those words kept me in line. After you start reaching some of your fitness goals, it is easy to get a little arrogant. It only takes someone who can lift one more pound or do one more rep to put you back in place. I didn’t really have a problem with being arrogant because there were some pretty strong dudes in my class. I used their strengths as motivation for me. They were the answer to the question: Why Should I Exercise?
I Have The Girl Of My Dreams So Why Should I Exercise?
My Wife and I were married in June of 1993. One of the small bedrooms in our apartment was used for our workout room. We would work out together, lifting weights, and just try to stay in shape. For some reason, after I got hired at the local paper mill, I started skipping my workouts. The work at the paper mill was physically demanding and I would be so tired from working that I justified not doing a workout. Why Should I Exercise? I just had an 8 hour workout at the paper mill? I would go home and tell my wife that I got my workout in at the mill today. So in a few short years of skipping my workouts and eating all the delicious meals my wife would make us, I started gaining weight. Slowly I was getting more and more out of shape. I had every excuse in the book to keep me from lifting weights or doing some sort of exercise. I didn’t have to impress anyone anymore. I married the young lady of my dreams and she loves me for who I am. Right? I regret those words because that was the wrong attitude to have in our relationship. I still wanted to be the sexy (at least she thought I was sexy) man that she married. Now, after years of marriage, I was overweight and out of shape. I felt so bad for disappointing her but I would still ask the question “Why Should I Exercise?”
Why Should I Exercise? I Am Too Far Gone Now!
When the reality of stepping on the scale at 212 pounds hit me like a ton of bricks, I didn’t have to ask Why Should I Exercise? A lot of negative thoughts rushed through my mind. I am too far gone now! There is no way that I can reverse 13 years of making excuses and get back into shape. I am too fat! I am always too tired to exercise! There is no way I will be able to break all those bad eating habits! I am glad I didn’t listen to all those negative thoughts. Who knows where I would be at today.
In January of 2007, I made a commitment to change some bad eating habits and start exercising again. Why Should I Exercise? I need to do this for me. I wanted to get back in shape for my wife too, but I was living such an unhealthy lifestyle that I had to make this commitment to myself. I started changing some bad eating habits. You may be wondering what is so bad about eating three Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast and washing it down with a twenty ounce Mt. Dew? Let’s do the math: Three chocolate icing, cream filled donuts – 360 calories each with 23 grams of sugar. One twenty ounce Mt. Dew – 275 Calories with 77 grams of sugar. So here is the bottom line. For breakfast, I would consume 1355 Calories and146 Grams of Sugar at one sitting. No wonder I was overweight. No wonder I was so tired. At 212 pounds, I would have to run approximately eight miles just to burn off the calories that I consumed for “breakfast”. Why Should I Exercise? I had to make some changes!
Why Should I Exercise? Why Should You Exercise?
The answer is simple! If we are consuming empty calories with tons of sugar, and we continue our sedentary lifestyle, we are going to be overweight and out of shape. I am challenging all who read this, to make a commitment to get back to a healthy lifestyle. You are not too far gone! If you need help on how to get started CLICK HERE. My fitness site has all kinds of options to get you started in the right direction.
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