For more weeks than I’d like to admit, my update on all things fitness has been absent. Instead, I have lamented the fast pace of life while also thriving on all the activity.
I’m not alone. Like many other Americans, I know the basics of health. More than anything else, I should be eating loads of fruits and vegetables. In addition, I should be working out vigorously at least three times a week. While I’ve been doing pretty well with fruits and vegetables, it would probably be beneficial to cut some more sugar from my like (damn my sweet tooth!). Fitness has just been at a standstill. I’ve started to use the same old excuses I hear from everyone else: “I’m too busy.”
Why do we do this to ourselves. Many, if not most, first world problems don’t happen overnight. Certain conditions may come on suddenly, but they are all a partial result of our lifestyle. Weight is the easiest thing to point out because it’s so visible. No one who is overweight or obese magically woke up one day at the weight they are. Their weight is a product of their lifestyle over time.
I’m told time and time again not to worry about my health. I have the metabolism of youth and should take advantage while I can. That doesn’t seem logical to me. My health is now. Who I am when I’m 30, 60 and 99 is being built today. We are all being built today. This isn’t news, so why are so many of us still not making time for fitness?
I really wanted to find some stats to answer that question. Unfortunately, 10 minutes of Google searching did not find any numbers on why the Americans who don’t work out make that choice. The only number I found claimed 80% of Americans don’t get the recommended exercise.
There are three things I’ve tried to add back to my life: fitness, writing and cleaning my apartment. These all fell off my radar the past few months as the pace of life started to sprint through summer. A selfish part of me wants to prioritize writing, but addressing fitness has the potential to give me the energy and cognitive ability to be more successful on all fronts. If I’m being responsible with my time, that needs to be my focus.
With the summer sun shining down, I’m planning to start biking and rock climbing again. These activities have been sparse so far this summer and there is no excuse. Before I go buying some new home workout plan or join a new gym, I need to work with what I have. Besides, what could be more gratifying then reaching the top of a particularly hard wall?
Why do you think 80% of Americans don’t get adequate fitness? Are most Americans uneducated in this area of health or is there another reason? Why do so many people choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle even though most know the basics of health? What can be done to change that stat, so that most Americans get the fitness they need?