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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"BUT, BUT, WHAT IF I HATE EXERCISE?"

Well, that's ok. You don't have to "exercise" in the traditional sense. That's where we need an understanding of our genetics and history. Our Paleolithic hunter/gatherer ancestors NEVER exercised. If you could go back there, and try to convince them to run and do calisthentics for fun, they would, at best, think you were one pea short of a full pod.

They lived. They walked, sometimes they ran. They climbed, they sat on the ground, they got up and moved around. They searched for food, they hunted. You don't have to "exercise", either, but you do have to move around to be healthy. There are some very simple lifestyle changes that can make a world of difference in your health. Walk. Get down on the floor and play with the kids or the dog. Take the stairs instead of the stupid escalator at the mall. If you are otherwise healthy, just get out and move around!

Go to a park. If you really hate to exercise so much, don't call it that. Call it ..........oh, I don't know............, how about LIVING! Don't drive your car 2 blocks to the store. Walk around the block. Walk up a hill. Reach and bend. Pick things up. Get off the couch, turn off the TV and just M.O.V.E.

The benefits are immeasurable. The main benefit I like is that it allows me to...............EAT MORE! Look, I know that eating is more than just caloric intake. It's one of life's greatest pleasures! I love great foods, and some that aren't good for you at all. The more you move, the more you can afford to eat. Remember, energy in, energy out?

I am fortunate, in that I like to "exercise". I love to run, work out, etc. I know that not everyone shares this view. Find what works for you that will get your body started doing what nature spent 2 million years designing it to do. All that effort wasn't so you could plant your expanding butt on the couch, gain weight, and have your health fall apart. That effort that nature spent was so you could have a fit healthy body that could rise to the challenges of harsh daily life.

You may never need to climb a tree. You may never need to run a mile. Your body was genetically engineered to do those things, and oh, so much more. You have the chance to realize its true potential.

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