Why fitness matters

There are multiple benefits to revving up the physical side of things. How about alleviating stress that comes from work, relationships–life in general?

Take this morning. Up at 4:00 a.m. after a restless night of sleep brought on by job-related stress, I was out the door and at the gym by 5:00. I hit the weights for 50 minutes, and mixed in another 50 minutes of cardio. Not only did it ramp up my metabolism, which helps me maintain my weight, and continue keeping off the 52+ pounds I’ve lost since June 23, I’m also receiving the benefits of a major endorphin release brought on by my early morning workout.

I’ll be leaving soon for work, with challenges to face on several fronts, not the least being a recent chain of action initiated by others possibly affecting my own future–there’s nothing I can do about that–I can only control my own attitude and outlook, as difficult as that can be at times. I have to, however, because I routinely work and assist others in much tougher straits than I’m in and I have to be on my game and be a positive example for them.

Getting re-focused on fitness the past eight months has convinced me how important it is for all of us. Interestingly, the video I posted yesterday of Michael Pollan, from the Democracy Now! broadcast, has Pollan talking about how many of America’s health issues, and the national “emergency” regarding healthcare, is self-inflicted. We all have a responsibility to do our part to take a look at what we need to do individually to move towards a healthy lifestyle, which is different for each person.

Take that step today. You’ll feel better in many ways, and in several months, you’ll look back and know the initial sacrifice it takes was worth it.

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