Friday, January 28, 2011

Mind v.s Body

Why is it so hard for us to have a strict eating and exercise regimen? Wouldn’t it be easy to do what we know is good for us?  Why would we want to intentionally avoid the things that can make us better, healthier, and stronger? 

According to obesity statistics 
Latest Weight Statistics

USA Obesity Rates Reach Epidemic Proportions

  • 58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
  • Eight out of 10 over 25's Overweight
  • 78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations
  • 25% completely Sedentary
  • 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990
Why would millions of people allow this to happen to their bodies?

The answer is simply this:  The mental challenge is much harder than the physical challenge.  Remember that.  Instead of focusing on getting physically healthy and strong; focus on being mentally healthy and strong.  Once you’ve mastered the mental challenge, the physical challenge becomes much easier. 

The next time you challenge your body, whether it’s exercising, or trying not to pull that car into a fast food restaurant, use your mental strength.  Think to yourself: what is the best thing for my body right now?  Is it pushing on an extra mile of running, or quitting right now.  Is it pulling into this Taco Bell because you haven’t eaten all day and a Burrito Supreme sounds so good, or just going home and making a turkey sandwich? Choose the hard things.  Choose the challenging things.

Challenge your mind, push past your mental blocks.  Make your mind strong, so that your body can be.  As you set a goal this week, don’t just accomplish it, go above and beyond.  Tomorrow will be my first race ever.  I’m running London’s run doing the 10k, but I’m not worried about placing, or how I look to all the other people.  I’m only worrying about making my own personal record.  I’m going to challenge myself tomorrow by pushing my mind and convincing myself to keep going even when I want to stop.  Wish me luck, and good luck to you too.

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