What’s scarier than a little goblin’ knocking on your door for some treats? Not being able pick that goblin up for some love when you notice it’s your grandchild. What’s scarier than a cold wintery night? Not being able to go outside because you suffer from circulation problems. What’s scarier than falling? Not being able to get up. What’s scarier than eating witches brew? Not being able to cook your own. What’s scarier than a werewolf on a full moon? Not being able to take your favorite pet for a walk. What’s scarier than the great pumpkin? Not being able to carry your pumpkin in from the car. What’s scarier than living in a haunted house? Not being able to live in your own.
There are so many things that are scary when it comes to health and fitness. Ok, not really. There is nothing scary about the benefits of health and fitness. What is scary is what happens when we don’t exercise and even scarier is that we allow ourselves to experience these scary things!!
Originally this article was written after a member had shared with me his story of recovery after a terrible accident. I remember him saying to me ‘the scary thing to think about is where I would be if I didn’t exercise,’ reminding me of the most important benefit that exercise provides; increased protection during an unexpected accident, slip or fall. He was alive because his exercise routine protected his body, his life.
The spookiest part of all is that most people don’t do anything to correct bad health habits and behaviors that would potentially haunt them for the rest of their lives. We live in the here and now. Not having time, being too busy and not understanding that the body and the behaviors that we practice today are determining how we’ll live in the future. The costume we’ve put on and are deciding to wear today affects our future tremendously.
I was looking up motivational ‘quotes’ that I could use on our entry board into our health club. I try to find silly, inspirational, and serious ones to change every day. While looking for quotes on why exercise is so great, I found a quote from Edward Stanley (who was the Earl of Darby in 1873), ‘Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have time for illness.’ That was pretty cool to find a quote from the 1800’s saying the same thing that we still preach today!
Since Halloween is next week, I wanted to use the theme and remind you that only you have the power to unlock the ghosts of your health and begin taking charge of a healthier and not scary you.
Exercise can do these things for you! Where are you now with your exercise program? Where will you be in 10 years if you are not exercising now? What has exercise allowed you to continue to do in your life that hasn’t benefited one of your non-exercising friends? These are all spookily awesome questions!
Did you know that people who exercise live an average of 3 months in a debilitative state prior to death? That is compared to those who are active (but don’t do regular exercise) living in a debilitative state for 3-6 years. Finally, those who do nothing can live their last 10 years of life in a debilitative state. Now, that is SCARY!!
It’s scary that people don’t think about the future. We all want to live for now. I’m too busy! I’m going to wait until my kids start school. I can’t start until. I’m too old! You know as well as I that there are no excuses for not taking care of yourself. That means today, tomorrow and in 10 years. I don’t care how old you are, you can start now!
Your body needs to move. If you do not move it on a regular basis you are setting yourself up for prolonged years of needed assistance. Yes, someone will have to take care of you. That is the scariest thing of all! I hope to see you at the gym!