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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