A friend of mine was sharing she’d been exercising for several months and had one of those mornings where, when it’s over, you really wonder if it’s worth it. She’d gone in her room to exercise and pulling the chain on the ceiling fan, pulled it completely out! Pulling out two smaller fans, she pressed on, only to create a blister on her toes from shoes, too well worn. It wasn’t long before she just called it a day. But the icing on the cake came from her husband who commented if they were going to have to replace the ceiling fan and buy a new pair of shoes, it might be cheaper to just stop exercising!
The truth is the right person could likely repair the fan, but good shoes, depending on the exercise are a must. There are plenty of commercials on TV giving advice on how to exercise and promotions for a variety of exercise equipment. Most of it can be purchased for a low $40 a month for three or four years! Of course the other option is to join a fitness club, which provides you with a professional personal trainer, but can also be expensive!
I can’t help but wonder about the condition many people are, physically. Honestly, walk into any public place and overweight or even obese people often outnumber those who are not. While I try hard to maintain some kind of exercise routine, I wonder about the logic of just moving! Wouldn’t it be grand if we turned our television sets off and took a walk, ---consistently? Of course for good health, watching what we eat is also important.
Processed foods filled with sugar, salt, an ever growing list of chemicals and ingredients I can’t begin to name, fill our cupboards. They are the staples of most of our diets! Shouldn’t this alone make bright red lights to go off in our brain that something is wrong? Why are we obsessed with sugar? Why have we become a culture that can barely cook and more often than not turn to a box, can, or some other fast food for dinner?
It’s frightening really, especially when you consider the children. Our little people begin their early years with an onslaught of sugar, salt and chemicals, which affect how they grow and we don’t even realize it. We have more illness, and learning problems than ever before. Could the underlying problem be our diets? There is research which substantiates this theory. So instead of eating that pop tart, donut, sugar cereal or other processed food first thing in the morning, wouldn’t it make more sense to eat “real” food; “clean food.” Try eating foods like fruits and vegetables in their natural state and steer clear of sugary, salty foods which cause anxiety and other issues and begin moving. See if you don't realize a difference!
So I challenge you to make a conscience effort to move your body at the pace of a steady walk. Increase the speed, distance and time a little and then a little more! You’ll be amazed at the results! I won’t tell you these changes will be easy or immediate. But I do know, if you stick with it, it makes a difference, especially over the long term!