Chester J. Zelasko, Ph.D. |
July 31, 2008
George Sheehan was a
physician, a philosopher, and a runner. In an essay about health and
fitness, he said something I feel is significant: “People can be threatened,
coaxed, and enticed to starting fitness activities, but all too often,
starting has nothing to do with staying.”
That’s the biggest wonder of all: why are you not doing all you can to be
healthy and fit? You know how. That hasn’t changed in decades: eat less,
We get caught up in reading labels, wondering when we should eat what type
of food, and asking what type of exercise will burn a few more calories than
another. None of that is really important if you’re not overeating and
you’re exercising regularly.
The primary issue is: why do you want to be healthy and fit? So you can look
good? Okay, that’s a fine reason. So you can live healthier for longer?
Great. Because you want to be around for your children and grandchildren or
to see your favorite niece grow up? Excellent. You figure out the why and
you’ll be compelled to do it. You’ll want to do it. No guilt. No threats. No
This is your life, and as far as we know, it’s the only one you get. Figure
out the why, get off it, and get after it.