WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
WHY… are you making the decision to lead a healthy life?
Is it to be thinner? Is it because your doctor has recommended weight loss or exercise? Is it because you have a family history of diabetes or heart disease? Is it to look good in a bikini? Is it because you feel better when you workout regularly and eat well?
Let me give you a few statistics…
Chronic diseases, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are widespread and rising dramatically in the United States. Preventable factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, as well as lack of access or emphasis on preventative care, have led to a dramatic increase in chronic diseases in the last three decades. Chronic disease is defined as an illness or health condition that persists for a year or more, resulting in functional limitations and the need for ongoing medical care. Despite widespread knowledge that most chronic diseases are preventable and manageable through early detection, treatment, and healthy living, chronic disease usually leads to some degree of permanent physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more activities of daily living in many of those diagnosed with a chronic health condition.
Does that change your WHY?
Does that make you more committed to your WHY?
If that doesn’t help let me give you a few more statistics…
Another chronic condition is obesity. Obesity is the condition of being considerably overweight, and refers to a person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or who is at least 30 pounds over the recommended weight for their height.1 Approximately 66% of adult Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, and approximately 34% of Americans are obese, which equates to nearly 72 million Americans.1 Excessive body weight is associated to an array of health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, pregnancy complications, shortened life expectancy and decreased quality of life.
There are several BMI calculators available online that facilitate the process, but essentially, your BMI is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters, squared.
BMI = weight (kg) ÷ [height (m)]2
Does THAT change your WHY?
Does THAT make you more committed to your WHY?
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are more than just a “get thin” tool. They give you the ability to live a long and healthy life. So, start thinking about your WHY and what it means to you. You might find out that having a why that means more than fitting in your skinny jeans will change your fad diet and workout of the week into a healthy lifestyle, one which you can lead for the rest of your life, instead of for the next 30 days.
- Clark MA, Lucett SC, Sutton BG. NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health; 2013.