Monday, December 19, 2011
Every time I turn around, I keep hearing and reading that overweight people who exercise are much healthier than the inactive skinnier population, and here is a fun and interesting video that goes over this exact point. I have to admit that it does bug me, that people still so often smugly and incorrectly assume that because they are skinny, they are healthier than anyone else....
As if the size of your jeans can sum up the whole of your health.
I am a perfect example of this concept...
~I can out-elliptical, out-walk, out-run, out-cycle and out-weight lift many people I know.
~That said, I am not in competition with anyone other than myself to achieve my own goals.
~I am nowhere near a size small. Hell, I'm not even close to medium.
~My resting heart rate has decreased by 20 beats a minute over the past 2 years.
~Exercise makes me feel better - mentally, and physically.
~My arthritic knees are happier when I keep moving.
~I know that the number on the scale is important, but what those pounds are made up of is even more important.
~I sleep better when I have spent time being active.
~I digest my food normally now, and have been able to give up TUMS altogether.
~My blood pressure is perfect.
~My pee is clear, like a fresh squeezed lemon toilet bowl of water. (TMI!?)
So, here is the question...in case you don't watch the video...
Can you devote 30 minutes a day to exercise? How about 150 minutes per week? Can you do it for yourself? For your kids? For your significant other? For a longer, healthier, happier life? Can you cut back on the cigarettes? alcohol? television? McDonald's?
Bottom line: For any of the reasons listed above, that 30 minutes a day of active living is so bloody worth it. Even if you never squeeze your arse into a size 8. Or 10. Or hell, even a 12.
I hope that you're having an AWESOME day!