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Break the chains of poor health

by Junior Walker

 


            Free yourself from the bondage of inactivity and poor nutrition! Many Americans are suffering with debilitating diseases; most of which can be traced back to a sedentary lifestyle and food choices that constantly tax the body. The American diet consists of fast foods combined with white flour, white sugar, processed foods, hydrogenated oils, excessive red meats (injected with hormones and steroids), genetically modified crops, various additives (MSG), preservatives and a void of essential vitamins and minerals in our constant food supply (to say the least). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “34 percent of adults are obese” which is twice the amount of adults that were considered to be obese 30 years ago (Belluck, 2010 par 2)! Moreover, childhood obesity has risen to gargantuan proportions in the past few years. The CDC estimates 12.5 million children and adolescents are considered obese in this country; from ages 2 to 19 years of age (Link). And as of 2010, there were no states that had an obesity percentage less than 20% (Link). Admittedly, this can lead to a number of ailments such as childhood diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, increasing joint pains, and cardio vascular disease to name a few.  
         It is without question that dietary neglect combined with a lifestyle of prolonged inactivity has increased the mortality rate in this country. It has also been proven that the western diet (once adopted in other countries) will slowly increase the risk of debilitating diseases previously unknown to the civilization that espouses the Standard American Diet; also known as the SAD diet (Whitaker & Fleming, 2005). Don’t become another negative statistic due to dietary neglect and inactivity. Make the conscious decision to change your life towards good food choices and high impact exercising. Once the decision is made, your entire worldview becomes modified. Your life will become more purposeful and you will encourage others to do the same. Diets and exercise fads simply do not work for most individuals and this disappointment can often discourage you from changing your lifestyle in the future (due to the failure rate of these trends). Don’t spend another moment wishing for better health and overall wellbeing. Decide right now that you are ready for a change in your life and start living for the future, not just today!

Belluck, P. (2010, January 13). Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggest. Retrieved November 30, 2011, from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/health/14obese.html
Whitaker, D. S., & Fleming, C. J. (2005). Medisin. Wildomar: Divine Protection Publications.



Motivation

by Junior Walker

     Motivation is a factor of life that gives someone a purpose to achieve a particular goal. Within a business setting, some may be motivated by financial gains; the factor being a monetary increase. In academia, a student may be motivated by receiving a diploma or solidifying a career, while others are simply motivated to live another day (life being the motivating factor in all its complexities and simplicity). In terms of fitness, what is our motivational factor? Simply stated, what drives us to exercise and maintain a life of well-being? What pushes us to sacrifice temporarily our sleep, strength, and energy? Why do we push ourselves to such lengths that we are forced to confront our fears and ultimately the acknowledgement of our failures? For some, modifying our physical appearance to a degree that we may find (along with others) more suitable could be a factor (with a consideration to achieve proper health). Admittedly, some may strive towards this goal for pure vanity. In terms of fitness, we are all motivated by a particular purpose; otherwise, why place our bodies through such a grueling ordeal? What would be the sense of abstaining from the guilty pleasures of fast food, sweets, and other tempting fattening substances without some sort of delayed gratification? I know that seems like a lot to digest (pun intended) but really take a moment to ponder what motivates you in terms of fitness and other forms of physical activity.
      It is also very important to think about who motivates you in the previously mentioned aspect of fitness. Of course we must ask who we are motivating and what form of encouragement we are providing to family and friends struggling to meet their goals. Are we as supportive to others as the support we receive from fitness partners? Can we honestly state we call our families and friends on a daily basis to motivate them towards a goal of health and well-being? Do we convey a sense of concern for their life or are we simply being judgmental when we communicate to them? Sadly, have we given up altogether? In many instances I have failed in this respect, but I believe most of us have. Furthermore, motivating a family member or friend to exercise when you’re struggling with weight issues is hypocritical at best. This is all the more reason to acknowledge that you have fallen and to lead by example; maybe you can become someone’s motivation, no? All in all, it is time to evaluate what really motivates us in terms of health and wellness. We must ask ourselves why we do it. Have we lost sight of our goals? Do we have enough people reminding us of that goal and are we doing the same to others? How can we become somebody’s motivation? It is with the utmost importance that we never lose sight of our destination because our very lives depend upon. Motivation is simply the fuel that drives us towards that destination!