When it comes to exercise, I find that many people come up with the craziest reasons and cook up creative excuses for not exercising.
One businessman friend of mine says, “I am in shape. Round is a shape.”
Another one says, “I’ve started an exercise program. I do 20 sit-ups each morning. That may not sound like a lot, but you can only hit the snooze button so many times.”
The honest one among them says, “I don’t exercise at all. If God meant for us to touch our toes, he would have put them farther up on our body.”
And then the philosopher says, “The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.”
But this one is my favorite: “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now— and we don’t know where she is!”
If you are in your late 20s and you do not exercise, chances are you will not notice anything.
If you are in your late 30s and you do not exercise, you will notice that you are beginning to develop muscles in the wrong places; mostly in the stomach area and it is actually fat.
When you reach your 40s, all sorts of illnesses will begin to surface. You begin to experience funny pains and aches in different places of your body.
When you reach your late-50s, you begin to pay. All those years of neglect and a harmful lifestyle will begin to take its toll on you.
And when you reach your 60s, you will probably run out of resources to pay...for your medical bills.
I have seen good people lose their entire life’s savings because of poor health. Meanwhile, their cardiologist buys a brand new Mercedes Benz.
I have a weighing scale in my bathroom. I make sure I weigh myself same time every morning in order to monitor my weight. There was a time when I had to squat down just to see the numbers on my weighing scale.
I take my vitamins daily. I take a lot of them under a doctor’s supervision. I stay away from sweets, I exercise regularly, and I carefully watch what I eat.
How else would I be able to do more than 300 talks and seminars in a year while traveling the world
This reminds me of a story. A bathroom scale manufacturer was very proud of his new model that was introduced at a trade fair.
Proudly, the manufacturer said in his well prepared sales pitch: “Listen to these features! It’s calibrated to one one-hundredth of a pound. It can measure your height as well, in feet or meters. It gives you a readout via LED and it can even tell you your weight by means of a human-voice simulator.”
“Very impressive,” said an overweight prospect. “But before I place an order, would you mind if I try it out first?”
“Be my guest,” said the manufacturer graciously.
No sooner had the overweight spectator taken his place on the scale than a loud, synthesized, computerized human voice loudly announced, “One at a time, please! One at a time!”
There was no sale that day.
One woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. Thinking he was trying to weigh less with this maneuver, she commented, “I don’t think that is going to help.”
“Sure it will,” the husband replied. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”
It’s easy to add pounds, but it’s so difficult to lose them.
That is why exercise takes a lot of discipline and determination. It teaches us to prioritize the important things in our lives.
Health is wealth, yet only a few are serious enough to take care of this investment. Make sure you are one of the few!
Print ed: 04/14