A friend was diagnosed with cancer last year. She is a senior citizen. She was a runner and trained with weights most of her life, and was doing so when she got sick.
If you have had something hideous wrong with you, and got through it, and you are not yet fitness devotee, you are hopelessly lazy, naive, stupid — or all three.
On the edge
Having been on the verge of death, and having compared notes with others that have been there, I believe the terror of knowing you have a bomb inside you is such a physically and emotionally exhausting event, it makes many people just give up.
The solution to the above, I believe, is to be fit enough, and accustomed to taking care of yourself, so that it makes sense and is not an ordeal to continue taking care of yourself even when you are scared.
All about fortitude
The lady mentioned above went through chemotherapy, and continued coming to the gym throughout the ordeal.
If you know anything about chemo you know how much fortitude you need just to get through the after effects, let alone the rest of your day, week, life.
She would be in the gym wearing a surgical mask to keep anything else from getting at her immune system, her hair was falling out, and she felt like barfing her guts out. But she still showed up because, if anything, it was going to help not hurt her chances of survival.
That is a smart human, not a person making excuses for not taking care of herself.
On the other side of the equation
We find those who whine about being too busy to take care of themselves. Or say they don’t have enough energy to work off the extra 30 to 50 pound they sat they want to lose. Or whatever. Ya know what? Shut up about why you can’t do it, and just admit you don’t take care of yourself because you are lazy or stupid.
Today the lady I mentioned is — I would say — over it rather than in remission. And she looks better and healthier than all the people who say it’s too hard to take care of themselves.
I can pretty much assure you that If you don’t take care of yourself now, you most certainly won’t do it if a catastrophe hits.
Ask and you shall receive
Ask someone who took serious care of them self, and had a health crisis, and they will confirm how many health care professionals told them how significant their physical condition was to their survival.
How to determine fortitude and desire
First, if you whine about wanting to be fit, but you just can’t do it because (plug in your reasons here).
Next ask yourself the following.
If you could take a pill and wake up tomorrow thin, fit, and healthy, but you will have to take care of yourself for the rest of your life or you’ll die. What would you do?
Remember to have an annual physical. Thomas Amshay articles are not meant to take the place of your doctor or health care team. Talk to them before starting any exercise program, diet, or supplement.