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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday May 26, 2009 - Solve the Healthcare Crisis?

Just look around you the next time you are in a public place and it won't be long until you see many people who are overweight and out of shape. Particularly young people, many who are in 'disguise' (i.e. they look thin but are woefully unfit and based on research probably even more at risk than even their overweight counterparts). You here so much nowadays about the "healthcare crisis" in America. People supposedly can't afford to have insurance and they are constantly getting sick leaving them unproductive and thus contributing to the enormous costs of healthcare that those with insurance are paying for. I propose that a big part of this so called "crisis" is the simple fact that people are lazy and undisciplined when it comes to taking care of themselves. All you have to do to find evidence of this is look around you. People eating excessive amounts of food, much of it unhealthy. People drinking excessive amounts of sugar laden drinks which includes alcohol. It's scary when you walk around the mall and at every turn you see people dressed inappropriately for their body....many of them children...particularly young girls. When you have a huge gut it's not cool to wear skin tight clothing or have a half shirt on....some parents need to inform their kids of this. You tell me how a 120lb high school senior goes away to college and several years later comes home a 170 lb overweight, out of shape health risk in just a few years. Hmmm....could it be pizza, burgers and a heck of a lot of alcohol..... The way to lessen health care costs is not to turn the system into another inefficient government run bureaucracy where bureaucrats decide who gets what treatment. The way to lessen costs is to promote lifestyles that lead to health and wellness (regular exercise, self control, and discipline). It's always interesting to here people complain that healthy food and related products etc are too expensive but at the same time you see people who work minimum wage jobs find a way to own 50 inch flat screens, have the highest priced cable package, smoke a carton of cigarettes a week, and eat $5 bags of potato chips. Looks to me like the supposed health care crisis is more about priorities and habits than it is about anything else. It starts with health and wellness professionals who are horrible examples themselves. If you're 30 lbs over weight, rarely ever exercise and party like a rockstar yet think you can get others into shape as a trainer, think again. This is all to common, as are overweight nurses, doctors etc who smoke on their lunch breaks and eat fast food every day. These are the people who are supposed to be educating and caring for the people who don't know what to do. You can't give what you don't have. So if we want to change the healthcare problem we need to start with proper example and influence coming from the top. People listen and follow other people, so if you want to do your part in this area do so by being an example of health and vitality and people will want to copy you. On the other hand look and see just how quickly they will copy you when you are a bad example.

Personal responsibility, lets all start taking some and then these problems will diminish.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday May 18, 2009 - Just take the steps?

This is a comment you hear quite frequently when amongst people discussing "exercise" or "healthy habits". However, this is a very dangerous comment. Why you ask? Because it breeds content, comfort, and feelings of I'm ok you're ok when in reality that's far from the truth for most people. Even though taking the steps isn't a bad thing it is many times used as a justification for not doing real, challenging exercise that will actually push you to achieve the results you really want. If you need to lose weight and tone up and all you do is take the steps it's going to be a long road to losing that weight particularly if you don't make any other changes in your life. It may be a starting point for someone who has done little or no exercise for a long time but shouldn't be an ending point or comfort zone used to justify not doing more challenging exercise and changing ones diet. If you want to see real change you have to do things that aren't comfortable at first, this may include feeling embarassed, lungs burning, muscles burning, sweating profusely etc. These may be things you very much dislike, but are necessary if you really want to lose weight whether it's 20 lbs, 100lbs or even more. People use many excuses as to why they "can't" lose weight or get in shape, all of them are just that, excuses. So stop making excuses to justify your current state, take action by starting where you're able to start but realize that you must move forward to really get the results you want. You can't just take the steps. You have to change your diet, workout with weights, do cardio, get adequate rest etc. It's a package deal and it's a lifetime, not a one time commitment.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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.
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