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Monday, September 20, 2010

The truth about the excuses not to live a healthier life is that there are none. (©2010 JupiterImages Inc.)
The truth about the excuses not to live a healthier life is that there are none. (©2010 JupiterImages Inc.)

Trying to decide what foods to eat? What is a good diet for losing a couple of pounds or to keep from having a heart attack? What is the best type of exercise and when would you have time to do it? Is it time for a medical exam?

These are questions you have probably asked yourself, and occasionally tried to act on at least a hundred times. With the best of intentions you have started a nutrition regimen only to find the right excuse to stop, lost some weight and then gained more back, exercised one day and but couldn’t find the time or place for exercise after that and, of course, you put the “doc” off until next year.




Sound familiar? Well it should be because human nature makes these scenarios common among you and your friends.

Why, you may be asking yourself, and that would be a very good question. In fact that very question cuts right to the heart of the matter. Why does it seem so hard to live a strong, healthy, nutritious lifestyle?

Well, let’s blame it on the truck. Our job of driving a truck makes it very difficult to live healthy. Let’s blame it on the truck stops. There’s rarely a good choice of healthy foods. Let’s blame it on Father Time. There are never enough minutes in the day to exercise or days to go see the doc about that exam or issue you’ve been dealing with but don’t want to tell anyone about.

The list of excuses can go on and on but eventually Father Time steps in and hits the button on the stopwatch. Game over. The list of excuses goes in the shredder and you are now either dead or very ill.

If you are dead, congratulations, you have reaped what you have sowed. You are on to bigger and better things. Hopefully your family and friends aren’t too overwhelmed with grief and don’t feel the loss for more than a couple of years.

Oops! Maybe you’re not dead. Maybe you had a heart attack or a stroke or you’re filled with a disease that’s going to take a while to kill you. Hmmm, maybe we better take another look at those excuses.

There is no guarantee that even with a healthy lifestyle you’re not going to die suddenly or get sick but a healthy lifestyle puts the odds in your favor for a long, fruitful life. 

The truth about the excuses not to live a healthier life is that there are none.

Is it difficult? It depends. If your objective is to lose weight or to live longer it is going to be very difficult. If your objective is to be happier, more competitive, more involved and a contributing force to the life around you it’s going to be a “blast.”

You need to have fun. Eating the right foods and exercising can really help you accomplish that. You will have more energy and you will want to do more things.

You may be aware of all the 5K, 10K Races, Run for the Cure, Iron Man competitions, Marathons and all the things that are going on in the trucking industry to get everyone moving. Almost everyone who is involved in any of these fun competitions started out just like you. Truth is when you get involved in things like that you become physically and mentally stronger. You feel more in control of your life and thus you are happier.

Don’t feel like taking a walk? If you were eating the right foods you probably would feel like taking that walk. Don’t feel like making the right choices when it comes to food? If you were walking you probably would make the right choices.

You see, one feeds the other. When you eat more of the right foods you will feel like doing more of the right things. When you exercise or do more fun physical things you will eat better foods.

Your objective, then, is to have a fuller, happier more satisfying life.

That is why you eat the right foods and exercise. Being at a healthy weight and not being ill are just great by-products of your new lifestyle.

The Fitness Road Wellness Center in Tempe, Ariz., can help you reach a healthy goal in so many ways. You can come to us or we can come to you, we have a program for everyone! Call us at (888) 348-7623 and get started on your healthier, happier life.

God bless you and yours, Mick.

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