If you are reading this blog then you may not be the right audience for this post, though you just might be.
Being that I run a fitness facility it is completely normal and natural for me to be asked questions about health and fitness on a regular basis. Unfortunately most people really don’t want to hear what I have to say. Getting fit and radically improving your health takes work and hard choices. Most people don’t really want to take the steps that they need to make significant lifelong changes.
Question #1: How can I loose weight? I’ve tried everything.
The above question in some form is by far the most common question I receive. The answer is pretty simple. Stop eating bad stuff, start eating good stuff and get active. And, no, you have not tried everything. When I’ve been asked this question and have been told “I’ve tried everything” in the cases where I really get a chance to look at an individuals eating habits and lifestyle it is almost always very clear why they have struggled to loose weight. They eat poorly and are generally sedentary. Nobody wants to hear the honest response, which is stop eating the crap, eat more vegetables and start moving a lot. No, eating pasta 3 times/week is not ok. No, drinking your daily soda is not a minor problem. Are you willing to do what it takes?
Question #2: I’d like to get stronger (or faster, fitter, insert other related adjective)
Ok, so you’re going to have to work. If you want to see significant change you’re going to have to work really hard. Unfortunately the “fitness” industry has promoted the idea that there are easy ways to get fit. The latest gizmo or DVD will let you get fit in 10 minutes a day twice/week. Sure, if you are sedentary, a little exercise is much better than no exercise. If you want to really get fit it is going to get uncomfortable. You may need to adjust your schedule and get up earlier than you want to, or miss your favorite TV show. It will not be easy. Are you really willing to do what it takes?
The list of questions go on, but they generally fall into line with these first two. Unfortunately the answer to the real question “Are you really willing to do what it takes?” is “no” for most people. We want to reduce our health care costs. We want to stop the obesity “epidemic”. We want to see reductions in diabetes, heart disease, etc. And yet, these problems have the same solution. Eat whole nutritious real food and exercise. The answer is simple, but not easy. Do your part and do what it takes. Show that it can be done and invite others to join you.