Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Poor Physical Fitness Equals a Poor Life

It's a common saying "if you don't have your health you don't have anything." We in the USA have less physical activity, more stress and less time for food preparation resulting in we grabbing packaged, processed, and nutritionally depleted foods. Our recreational activities are virtually oxymoronic to the term activity as they frequently aren't active at all. We interact with people less and interact with machines more. Video games and TV take the place of truly active participation in sports, and the hours we work leave us with little enthusiasm for such things.

I recall my grandmother, who was born in 1897, saying that "when I was young we all stood around the piano together and sang, you people just watch other people sing, we played ball and you watch people play ball on TV."  She said "we all knew our neighbors because we did things together, and now people don't live life they are spectators of life." Rather what she said was entirely true I have no frame of reference to judge, but physical activity as a social interface mechanism does seem like it's the exception rather than the rule.

If we are to change this, we must buck the prevailing trend and conscientiously make a change. Research confirms obesity is now leading cause of preventable death in U.S. I would like to hear from people who have made their health and fitness a priority about what you do, and what you would like to do to buck  the prevailing trend, and take charge of your own physical health and life.

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