Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Just Do It"

There was a good article by Jane E. Brody in the NY Times today, look here to see it. The article talks about how people today are more interested in a quick fix to their health and weight problems in the form of a pill or supplement as opposed to modifying their diet and spending the time needed to exercise in order to achieve their goals. I could not agree more with the view put forward in this article. I will say, however, that this does not mean I don't think supplements have their place as a matter of fact I take several and plan to continue to do so. The important thing is to do your research and understand what it is the different supplements can provide for your body to, as the name suggests, supplement your appropriate diet and exercise program. Know your goals so that you can read the research studies available and choose the proper supplements to help you achieve those goals. Possibly the most important point made in the article is that you need to get up off your ass and work to achieve your goals. As Jane says:
It’s time to stop making excuses and make regular physical activity an integral part of your life, like eating, sleeping and brushing your teeth. You don’t decide every day to do these things, you just do them. Likewise with exercise.
If Hippocrates could get it right 2500 years ago, as indicated by Jane, when he said:
All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly; but if unused and left idle they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.
This is not rocket science, there was no such thing as rocket science when Hippocrates stated this simple truth. This is just common sense stuff as are all the concepts and approaches used in the P90X program, lets face it Tony is not the most cerebral guy out there based on what I have seen of him but he takes some simple proven concepts and presents them in a fun and challenging manner that can make you successful. You don't need to be a genius to figure this stuff out you just need to make the decision that it is time to make a change in your life and stick to it. The catalyst that brings you to this realization is likely to be very personal and different for all, for me it was a desire to get over my back pain as well as stay healthy and live to see my kids grow old but for you it may be appearance or whatever. You may find the P90X approach unattractive and you can't stick with it but there are many other options out there so keep looking until you find one that does work for you and you can stick to. Just remember though that the search is not a search for an easy fix but rather a search for a good fit because no matter what it is you find it is going to be hard work or it is not going to give the results you want. Whatever it takes to get you to that point find your motivation and the approach that works for you and get up off your ass clean out that refrigerator and "Just Do It."

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