Why The **Bleep** Do We Need To Exercise Anyway?

August 23, 2008 · Print This Article

I remember seeing an episode of a cartoon called The Jetsons in the mid to late 80’s where Judy Jetson was getting ready for school. Judy pushed a button and ***SHAZAM*** the clothes on her body were different. When she didn’t like an outfit, she just kept pushing the button until she found one to her liking. She didn’t have to move her body at all. She just pushed a button and her clothes were instantly different.

Technology might not be quite that advanced yet, but it gets more advanced with each passing day.

Technology is meant to make our everyday lives more efficient. It makes our lives “easier”. Remote controls let us push buttons to change the channel or adjust the volume instead of having to get up and walk to the TV. In fact, we didn’t always have TV’s as a means of entertainment. We use our cellular phones to call people from our cars that we drive to work. Escalators and elevators take us up and down floors. Microwaves heat our food in a matter of seconds with the push of a button. We wash clothes in a washing machine and throw them in the dryer.

Compare these things to the way our ancestors did things in the 1800’s. Look a little farther back. Can you imagine having to hunt for food before you could even think about eating it?

Are you getting the idea yet?

From a physical standpoint, we’ve got it pretty easy in the modern world.

Life in the 1800’s required a lot more physical effort. There were no microwaves. There were no washing machines, dryers, or phones.

In this day and age, you don’t even have to pick up your telephone to order pizza. You can sit on your couch in front of your TV, push buttons on the remote, and have a pizza at your door in about an hour.

What do you think our ancestors would think about food showing up with such little effort? They’d probably think that’s about as crazy as we think it would be to push a button in order to change clothes.

So, why the **bleep** do we need to exercise anyway?

If you don’t use it, you lose it.

We’re challenging our muscles less, and feeding our mouths more. We’re using less energy, and we’re consuming more of it. Our Physical Education programs are a joke. Our children are stuck on myspace, and playing Halo 3 instead of riding bicycles, and playing outside. Beer is cheaper than milk. Deceptive marketing tactics and lack of public awareness have people thinking that the Vitamin Water you see in stores is actually healthy. Do you really think the inactive person consuming this so called “healthy” drink needs the 50+ grams of sugar that comes with the vitamins?

It’s no surprise that our country is fatter than ever.

Our everyday lives have become increasingly convenient. Our super sized portion sizes have created super sized waistlines. All the nonsense we see in advertising plays on the emotions of people looking for a quick fix, but never delivers. Obesity has become an epidemic.

What can we do?

We need to be smarter about the choices we make. We must take it upon ourselves to be more active, and make exercise a part of our everyday lives. We must challenge our muscles beyond what our normal daily activities require. We must educate ourselves about exercise, proper eating habits, and nutrition. We must do these things for ourselves, and we must do them for our children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cardiovascular exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day (such as brisk walking) most days of the week or a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (such as jogging or running) 3 days a week, and weight bearing exercise/resistance training for at least 2 days per week.

These are generic recommendations that represent the minimum amount of exercise that every American citizen should be doing to prevent disease, live a better life, and avoid being a statistic on the side of the chart that you don’t want to be on. Are you getting at least that much?

Just as technology has advanced, our understanding of the way the human body works, and functions has advanced as well. Modern exercise has made gigantic leaps and bounds. When I was 230 lbs, I would have never believed what the human body can do and how it can change with an efficient exercise program plus proper nutrition.

It is truly amazing. I think even The Jetsons would be impressed.

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