Does training REALLY make one happy?

Does training REALLY make one happy?

There is a lot to be said for being inactive. It has some very good plus points. No-one can dispute that it feels good to regularly crash out in front of the tv…sitting for hours and watch your favorite shows.

At the same time you can also have your favorite tasty snacks on hand, and when you go out you can eat whatever tasty meal you want.

Your can drink your alcohol, smoke your ziggie and just chill.

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When you feel like a chocolate, well you just eat it…that’s what life is about…or is it?

One cannot dispute that for the inactive person there IS certain pleasures.

But with this article I am hoping to allow inactive people to count the cost of that pleasures, to draw up a checklist of sorts and see where you stand with pros and cons.

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The following is a bit stereotyping – I do NOT meant to offend but am trying to make you think about your current lack of inactivity. Draw up your own list and look very well at it.

Inactive Person                                         Workout warrior

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Chill on coach eating crisps watching tv.            Struggles to find time to watch tv.

Party with friends and social drinking.                No drinking and few parties.

Like smoking cigarettes.                                     No smoking.

Enjoy regular chocolate binges.                           One bite of chocolate per week.

Have tasty rich food and meals.                           Fatless food & lots of veggies.

Feel exhausted and get tired easily.                     Have energy to spare.

Regular sinus problems and colds.                       Little problems with sinus and colds.

Struggle to get a decent erection.                         Wife smiles.

Low sex drive, too much of an effort.                   Healthy sex drive – love it.

High blood pressure.                                             Healthy blood pressure.

High cholesterol.                                                   Healthy cholesterol.

Easily forget.                                                         Brain sharp – good memory.

Struggles to do hard labour.                                  More than enough power.

Don’t wanna go outdoors – shy.                           High self-esteem and proud of body.

Skin bad and pimples.                                             Good skin & few pimples.

Regular headaches                                                    Hardly ever any headaches

Looking 10 years older than he is.                       Looking 10 years younger than he is.

He disgusts most women.                                       Most women look twice.

Guys don’t notice him.                                             Guys look at him with respect.

Struggles to sleep.                                                    Sleep when head hits the pillow.

Depressed a lot.                                                        Lust for life.

Lazy.                                                                         Energetic.

Love the indoors.                                                       Love the outdoors.

Wife wish…                                                            Wife proud…

Struggles to find decent clothes.                         Can wear anything and look good.

People ignore you when you talk.                       Got a presence – people listens.

Doctor warns about heart problem.                  Very healthy heart.

Don’t wanna do active things with kids.            Love to do active things with kids.

Negative outlook.                                            Brain chemicals give positive feeling.

Various serious health issues.                             No significant health issues.

Fairly significant diabetes risk.                           Very low diabetes risk.

Kidneys and liver not so good.                             Very healthy kidneys and liver.

Life expectancy not good.                                       Life expectancy far above average.

The list can go on and on…

The advantages to not being active is few, very few…

For the active person it is clear that the advantages is overwhelming.

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TOTALLY OVERWHELMING!

 

For those of you pondering about taking the step to a lifestyle change…make a list like above and look at what you score and what you lose.

Then if you are not yet convinced, make a list how you think it will be in 10 or 20 years time. It very quickly gets very bad.

 

Now is the time to wake up. Be the BEST you can be and make it happen!

 

Wish you happy training.

Gert Louw

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Author: gertlouw

In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and intense strength required, is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol! Starting now with my building phase (3 months) and me and my training partner is really pushing each other to new heights. He is more cardio orientated than me so he is currently KILLING ME! SO 6-PACK, I AM WAITING…SHOW ME HOW DEEP YOUR CUTS CAN GO! Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family! Can’t wait for 4K projectors to hit mainstream! For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it, not selling anything on it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 7 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Don’t like talking about it, but this is now 10 years after I was given 2 years to live. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it: ~DEATH~ A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side..’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

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