By Ross Enamait – Published in 2003
Albert Einstein had a unique way of describing the world. In Einstein’s words…
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Einstein died almost fifty years ago (1955). Unfortunately, his words are still relevant in today’s society.
- In 1999, sixty-one percent of adults were estimated to be either overweight or obese.
- In 2000, 38.8 million adults in the U.S. were classified as obese.
- In the year 2000, obesity cost the U.S. more than $117 million.
- Approximately 300,000 deaths are brought on by physical inactivity and poor nutrition in the U.S. each year. Sadly, these numbers will continue to increase year after year.
The world is in a very sad state. Millions of people continue to search for miracle cures to fitness. Americans spend 33 billion dollars per year on weight loss products. Unfortunately, only 5 percent of dieters are able to maintain their weight loss. Despite the increase in fitness products and diet programs, the world continues to become more and more obese.
It is time that we put all of this nonsense to rest. There is no excuse to put your fitness program on hold. We all live busy lifestyles. A busy lifestyle is not an excuse to sacrifice your health and well-being. If you do not have time to exercise, you should make time for a miserable, inactive life.
“Ross, I do not have time to exercise.”
My response – We all have time. You will be amazed at what you can do with 10, 20, or 30 minutes per day. If you don’t believe me, walk out your front door and start to run. Run hard for 1-minute. After running for 1-minute, drop down and perform 20 pushups, followed by 20 bodyweight squats. Continue this circuit for 10 or 20 minutes, minimizing rest between exercises. Guess what? You just did more than the average person does in an entire week.
“Ross, I work all day and enjoy spending time with my family in the evening. There is no way I can find time to exercise.”
My response – Set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier than you are accustomed to. Use the extra 20 minutes in the morning to exercise. You will feel tired and miserable at first, but after a week it will become just another part of your daily routine.
In the words of John Dryden,
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
“Ross, I used to compete as a boxer. Since hanging up the gloves, I cannot find motivation to exercise.”
My response – I can relate to your desire for competition. I too am a very competitive person. You must channel your competitive spirit in new directions. For example, consider running in a local 5K race. Train for the race as if you were preparing to fight.
If running does not interest you, find something that does. Set a goal and work to achieve it. I recommend setting specific goals. Write your goals down on the calendar. Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Set a specific goal, and then do everything in your power to achieve it.
A few examples include:
- I will perform 100 consecutive pushups
- I will perform 20 consecutive pull-ups
- I will run 1-mile in less than 6-minutes
Continue to set new goals as you progress. Goal setting fosters continuous improvement.
You will never find time to exercise. Time does not fall out of the sky. If you want to succeed, you must make time. Invest the time in your well-being. Make time and start living your life to its true potential.