Proactive Not Reactive

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Fitness, Healthy Living

When asked what would be the biggest hurdle that prevents people from regularly exercising do you know what I hear as the most common answer?  Can you guess?  It is time, or better yet, lack there of.  Understandably so.  It seems that most of us have stretched ourselves too thin when it comes to commitments and now with the advancements in technology we are never far from being “plugged in”. Our work, emails and even such things as Facebook follow us wherever we go.  Ever been so panic-stricken when you realized you left your cell phone at home?  What’s happened to us? 

So let’s look at a scenario which sadly is not uncommon in today’s world.  Each day of the week is filled with things that need to be done:  job, taking care of kids/family, cooking, cleaning, laundry, lawn care …and so on and so on.  There is typically no time left for exercise.  Right?  Wrong!!!  You go through your life day-to-day and then one day you have a doctor’s appointment and you hear the news that you knew was coming.  It was on your list to do, but other things prevented it from happening.  The doctor tells you have no choice, but to change your ways and that includes exercise (and of course it should go without saying that nutrition is a key component as well).  It is not an option at this point says the doctor – you are on your way to diabetes, your blood pressure is dangerously high, your cholesterol is out of control and the mention of a buffet of various medications is in your near future.  Now – how many of you would sit back and take that news, leave the doctor’s office and continue living your life as if nothing inevitably dooming your health was on the horizon?  I am guessing that not too many of you would take that news lightly.

You leave there feeling the insurmountable pressure that things have to change in your life.  But what?  You already claimed that you had not a minute more in your day to exercise and for that matter – eat right.  The responsibilities of your day didn’t just change from yesterday to the day you got the news.  But something has changed – the urgency of putting your health first because it really isn’t an option anymore.  The situation has become dire and will only increase in significance if left unattended.  You better believe that most of us having received that news will find time to do what we need to do in order to turn our health around.  Maybe it looks something like less time on the computer, setting the alarm clock a few minutes earlier each day to exercise, preparing meals on the weekends, giving up one of the nightly shows and recording it for another time or not volunteering for another committee.  What ever it has to be, it HAS to be!  We need to be proactive with our health and not reactive.  If we take steps each and every day to be healthier then eventually we will fall into new habits that will only benefit us, and in turn, our families will reap the benefits as well. Of course there are no guarantees in life, but I am sure going to do things that increase my odds of leading a healthier, happier life.  Who’s with me?!

There is a favorite quote of mine that says, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” (Ed Stanley). Take a few minutes and ponder that – let it really resonate with you.  None of us have time to be sick.  And not only will that illness impact us, but imagine the ramifications it will have on our families, on all things that we hold so dear in this life!

It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing mentality with exercise.  Certainly something is better than nothing especially when you do it consistently. That consistency will lead to routines and better habits.  As always start off slowly and make sure you have your doctor’s permission if you are dealing with health issues already.

Remember, “The truth is you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once” (John Maxwell).  So what’s it going to be – proactive or reactive?

  1. I could not agree with you more. It is vital to strive to be as healthy as possible, and this blog has the potential to help a lot of people.
    I can vouch for the benefits of eating well, since starting a gluten and dairy free diet, I have gotten stronger and feel healthier, which has brought my workouts to the next level.

    Keep up the good work!

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