I’m sure everyone will say yes to this. If you can honestly say no – please let me know why?
This is similar to is smoking bad for you? Of course, but that’s not enough to make everyone quit. Smoking is an addiction to nicotine, and it is hard to just quit. It is a chemical addiction and a habit.
But what is the excuse for exercise? An addiction to the couch? Mmm I somehow can’t see this being proved, though I can see how the couch can be a habit 🙂
The vast majority of us will admit that exercise is good for us, that it makes us feel better. Yet – that same vast majority don’t exercise all that often – or at all.
How many times have you heard:
- My gym membership lapsed… (that means – in most of South Africa – that you didn’t manage to go to gym 24 times in a year)
- And the many work related excuses – I had to work late – I had a meeting – I’m tired from work.
So exercise can lengthen our lives, make us healthier, release endorphins, reduces stress, makes us feel better – but work is more important?
How many people can honestly say they value their exercise/gym routine as much as their work routine? How many companies can say they encourage their employees to exercise rather than work some overtime? Does it make a difference to the amount of sick days a person takes in a year? I’m not sure. I can only speak for myself and say I am much more productive at work when I’m feeling energised and healthy, and I get that from exercising.
South Africa is 8th in obesity rankings for the world… http://www.economist.com/node/17118939?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/dc/obesityrates
We’re a fat nation, for once I’m glad New Zealand and Australia are beating us.
I’m not immune to this weird phenomenon. I constantly put work ahead of exercise. I also put time with friends and family above exercise. As I get older I realise that I need to value and appreciate and take care of my body and health. I need to value time set aside for exercise as much as I do my work time and my socialising time.
The vast majority of us spend most of the day behind a computer, another hour or so sitting in a car, and then a couple of hours on the couch.
I’m challenging them – and you – to do more. I dare you to make exercise as important as work.
We wont go crazy here …. Yet 🙂
Can you do 30min exercise for every day of work you do?
Any exercise – a walk, bike ride, gym class….
… Wait … Did an excuse just flutter through your head … Already?