Are you procrastinating about getting started with a fitness program, stopping weight gain, losing fat, or anything that would fall into the self-improvement category? You have a lot of company.
Look around. The physical condition of America is almost cartoon like. So what’s the deal? I believe that mainly we are addicted to bad lifestyles.
The good news is there tons of people that have overcome their bad addictions.
Addiction can be good
Some people might be hooked on an all around dopey diet in which virtually everything they eat is bad for them. That is the worst addiction in my opinion, because a terrible diet zaps energy to the extent that you are too tired to put any energy into anything, especially working out.
The above is a downward spiral into health oblivion. It will catch up with you, count on it. Some symptoms of an anti-fitness lifestyle and slipping into health oblivion are:
- constant weight gain
- inability to lose weight
- energy peaks and crashes
- the couch coma, into which you fall after eating stupidly; especially while watching TV or just sitting in the yard. These, I believe, are a scary thing that you want to watch for.
- Exhaustion after slight exertion
There are worse symptoms and degrees of addiction; such as the 300 pound person who is going to end up in a scooter if they don’t stop overeating crap, but they can not or will not stop. But I just want to get us to the point.
A better addiction
Also there are folks who are more fit than average, but not addicted. I believe any participation in the fitness lifestyle is good for your physical and emotional health, and so kudos to them.
If you consider any addiction to be bad, then these people who don’t care quite so intensely about their physiques and how they eat might be better adjusted than those of us in the following group.
That I call this the best addiction probably says a lot about how I think.
If you have seen the Insanity infomercial (watch it on the left) you will notice the mention of the word addiction by the people doing the workout.
If you are way into fitness, or you have friends, you know that the ones that really take care of themselves will admit that they are addicted to the fitness lifestyle.
The addiction pulls at anyone that starts the lifestyle and begins looking and feeling better. They realize there is not that much effort involved once they begin; in fact it becomes easier very soon. Plus they look in the mirror, like what they see, and that motivates them.
And that is not to mention that, comparatively speaking, a fit person these days stands out like a diamond in the center of a piece of black granite.
The fitness lifestyle puts participants in control of how they look and feel. If they were fat and out of shape when they began, they were out of control and doing very little to take care of themselves.
Do as you wish, but if you bothered to read this you probably ought to give fitness a try, or if you are already there, kick it up a notch and see if you look and feel even better. Read some of my other stuff.
And if you are doing nothing at all, try it just long enough to see how good it feels when people start commenting about how good you look.
Thomas Amshay articles are not meant to take the place of your doctor or medical team. Talk to them before starting any exercise program, diet, or supplement.