Could This Be Why You Are Sick?

lazy-dog-walking1 (1)I’m not a WHY? person.  I believe in cause and effect.  I don’t think there is some bizarre mystical explanation behind most things that happen.  Most things (good and bad) are simply the byproduct of either my choices or the choices of those around me.  And for me, the subject of health is no exception.

Now I understand there are people out there that are doing everything right but they are still unhealthy.  And on the flip side of things, there are people out there that are abusing their body like a 1970’s Rock Star and yet they seem to be in perfect health.  These are the exceptions, not the norm.  I’ve heard estimates that there are anywhere from 20-30% of the population that fall into that category.  If you know you are in that 20-30% group…you can stop reading now.

For the rest of you…this is how it works.  You and the people around you make choices.  Those choices have an effect.  You live with those effects.  End of story.

Now I said all that in order to say this…if you are unhealthy, overweight, unfit, weak and some really poor version of the you that you should be, it is likely for one reason.  You are LAZY!  Yep…that’s right…LAZY!

“But I don’t know what to do.” 

“I can’t afford the gym.”

“I’m too tired.”

“My body hurts.”

“My whole family is Fat.”

“I have bad genes.”

“It just doesn’t work for me.”

“I’m too Lazy.”  DING!  DING! DING!  We have a Winner!

Listen…I’m not trying to offend anyone.  But if you go the rest of your life blaming someone else or something else, you will never be the person you are meant to be.  The people who are healthy and well…the people who are fit…they don’t blame others.  Across the board, they take responsibility for themselves and their actions.

But I don’t know what to do…

Then LEARN.  We live in the information age.  GOOGLE IT!!  There are tons of free resources like podcasts, blogs, articles, newsletters, youtube channels, facebook pages and websites that are all designed to help you Kick ASS and be the best you that you can be.  If you still don’t know, this time next year…you are just too lazy to learn.  We all didn’t know what we were doing at some point.

But I can’t afford the gym…

Fine…exercise at home.  Pushups, pull-ups, air-squats, planks, jumping jacks, jump rope, burpees, mountain climbers, sprints and countless other exercises will kick your butt and require little or no equipment.

But I’m tired and in pain…

UGH…stop making excuses!  I know sometimes when the body is injured, rest is the right thing to do.  Nothing wrong with that.  But as a general rule, the human body gets stronger when pushed…NOT weaker.  The Marines like to say that pain is just “Weakness Leaving the Body.”  Many times that’s the case.  YES…it’s important to know where you are and to be smart about what you are doing.  And there’s nothing wrong with baby steps.  But just make sure you are taking steps.  And if it’s been that way for a long time…I’m sure you have convinced yourself that it has to be that way.  But I want you to consider something…What if it doesn’t?  What if it doesn’t?

But what about my genes?  My whole family is FAT…

OK…here’s the deal.  I don’t want to bore you to death with genetics, but your genes are not the damning sentence that most people seem to think they are.  Yes, you will often see diseases and health problems run in families.  And yes, your genes can influence how susceptible you may or may not be to certain ailments.  But most genes are reactive instead of proactive.  What this means is that the choices that you make and the lifestyle that you live will influence whether or not your genes are negatively affecting your health.

WARNING: Basketball Analogy Ahead

I often use the analogy of a basketball team.  There might be a handful of bad players on the roster, but that doesn’t mean that they get to play.  If the game remains competitive, they will likely just have to sit there on the bench.  If something bad were to happen in the game, like the star player getting hurt or the score getting out of hand, the bad players may get a chance to play.  Think of your health the same way.  If you eat clean, exercise and take care of yourself like you should, your health will be well enough that your bad genes will most likely just have to sit on the sidelines and watch.  They usually don’t get to play unless the game gets ugly.  When you stop taking care of yourself and your health goes in the crapper…well the bad genes get to play and that’s when you get to find out what you are genetically prone to.  My advice…don’t let them play.  

Final Thoughts

Excuses are like Butts…everyone has one and most of them stink!  You can spend the rest of your life blaming the doctors, drug companies, big business, small business, the government, the FDA the economy, age, genes, family, friends or a million other things.  But the man (or woman) in the mirror is really the problem.  You are LAZY!  And until you decide to stop being lazy, you will never be the person you could be and should be.

I’m going to leave you with two things…a quote and a video.  I read this the other day that I want you to think about it.  “We all must suffer one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”  Lastly…below is a video from Nike called “No Excuses.”  I don’t want to give it away…but it’s worth watching.