The Magic Bullet - Exercise

Ok, you've probably heard the saying that if exercise were a pill, the whole world would be taking it every day. I can't think of anything else that provides as many benefits. It helps with weight loss, increases bone density, decreases risk of heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and hypertension, increases one's sense of well-being, self-esteem, and seriously increases quality of life. The list could go on and on...

If there was a medication that could do all that, wouldn't you pay the money and take it? The further magic of exercise is that it doesn't require a prescription, it's free, AND it's something just about anyone can do. The question is, why isn't everyone doing it?

I admit that I go through periods of time when I'm feeling tired or busy and I skip exercise for days at a time. If exercise were a pill, we'd all pop it because it's easy. Swallowing a pill is effortless, and exercising takes effort, time and work.

The thing that helps me remain focused on my goal to exercise is not the fact that exercise adds years to your life (though it does). What motivates me is how completely exercise increases your quality of life. A blogger compared not exercising to taking a brain damage pill, which really struck me. If you don't exercise, you are essentially refusing a magic bullet and agreeing to damage your body in a myriad of ways.

If you aren't regularly exercising, make a commitment to do so. You're worth it. You can start small -- even 15 minutes a day will make a difference. Make the commitment to yourself. There's no excuse good enough for not utilizing this 'magic bullet.'

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Anonymous said...

I've found it much easier to exercise when I combine it with something I want to do. Right now, I'm watching a television series purchased from iTunes. It is easy to exercise every day because I want to see what happens next. :)

When I was using a gym, I listened to books on tape while exercising. That helped motivate me as well.


Holli Jo said...

Thanks for the comment, Mark! I agree, exercise can be easier if you have something to watch or listen to.