The other day I was talking to someone about exercise and living a healthy lifestyle and they asked me, “Why do some people get it and others don’t?” It got me thinking. I believe it all boils down to people making a decision for themselves. I can write blogs all day long listing the many reasons why someone should exercise, but until they make that commitment to themselves, the words just fall on deaf ears. I have experienced this first hand with my husband, John. Some of you may not know this, but he has lost 35lbs and has kept it off for 4 years (way to go Honey)! I would gently encourage him (he might say nagged) all the time that he needed to lose a few pounds so he could be healthy. But until he decided for himself he never made the changes he needed. Sure he would drag himself to the gym just to please me, but his heart just wasn’t in it, and I could tell. Then, the day came when I almost fell over, he said he was ready. He had apparently bent over to tie his shoe and his pants were so tight that it made him uncomfortable. He had gotten to his breaking point. That point when you say, “No more, something has to change!” So he bought himself a bicycle and never stopped pedaling. He changed his eating habits and even went to the gym without me saying a word. You could see the difference in his eyes, his heart, and his actions. It’s funny how something as simple as tying his shoe was IT; not me telling (nagging) him to exercise. I guess that’s one of the great things about life, you just never know what’s going to be that point when you stand up and say, “No more!” Just know when you or someone you care about is ready, I’ll be here to help in any way I can.
Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist