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In the gym: ‘I’m not here for health reasons’

While working out on a treadmill the other day, I overheard someone planning an outing and what everyone was planning to eat.
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

Going to the gym has its own rewards. One of them is working out to tone the body. The others are conversing with people who are there for the same reason that you’re there for and eavesdropping on conversations, both dull and interesting.

While working out on a treadmill the other day, I overheard someone planning an outing and what everyone was planning to eat. This person had been dragging along in an apparent loss of energy, giving more thought to preparing the wrong food rather than benefiting from working out.

Knowing me, I had to ask the question: “Why are you at the gym?” I was looking for an immediate response and, surprisingly, got it.

“I’m not here for health reasons, just to say I came to the gym,” the individual told me.

“That’s crazy,” I retorted, though not trying to be abrasive.

In a strange sense, working out appeared to be boring to this individual, but enjoyable, it seemed, to the others. However, let me reiterate: Going to the gym has its own rewards. For example, when the body sweats, it’s detoxifying and removing environmental toxins. The blood stream also flows at a pace to help regulate and energize the body.

Look, life is precious, and you should be able to enjoy it without having to contend with unnecessary problems, such as boozing and an over indulgence of medicine, both prescribed and over-the-counter. What about making the necessary changes to your diet?

I used to watch the TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man,” based on a character played by Lee Majors – Colonel Steve Austin – whose badly broken body was retrofitted with bionic parts. Austin’s body was broken in a plane crash, unlike the broken bodies I’ve had to fix with a change of diet, such as the 650 lb. woman whose body had begun to wither.

One of the best predictors of premature death is poor nutrition and poor physical fitness. With 1 in 3 Americans being obese, a lifestyle change must become the No. 1 task for us if we hope to live an abundant life. I’m often asked, “How do I know I’m obese?” and “What chart can inform me, or show me, that I’m fat or overweight when I stand on my scale?”

When looking at the chart to determine the BMI (Body Mass Index), it should show or outline your body’s percentage of fat. It’s also a precursor to what can happen if you’re not eating right, which increases the likelihood that you’ll have to deal with health-related issues.

If you’re deciding to be healthy, the choice should not be complicated. When you observe the longevity or outcome that comes with exercising and eating healthy, you’ll know you’re on your way to achieving good health. Your life, however, is not predicated on a handful of pills or shots to get you through the day.

Switching to a good nutritional diet should not be complicated. The truth of the matter is, it’s really a piece of cake. How do you begin the process? You got to start somewhere. It may seem like you’ve been walking this journey for a lifetime, but don’t worry. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, a decision, and direction – but mainly a plan of action.

You have to remember, though, that everyone won’t be supportive as you journey to become a better person and control your weight. There will be doubters and naysayers, but fear not. Don’t let them take control of your mind. Push forward as you push them out of your mind.

My grandmother used to dump these clichés on me: “Some things are best kept to yourself.” “Let the results speak for themselves.” “The proof is always in the pudding.” She was right. If you diet and exercise, you’d be filled with joy after looking in the mirror and noticing an emotional, spiritual and physical being on the mend.

Before I end this column, I have to tell you about my clients. This week, two of them have lost another combined 45 lbs. They had decided weeks ago to change their lives for the better. The journey for them has been hard, but rewarding nonetheless.

So, if you’re indeed concerned about longevity, make your health the No. 1 issue today. Then you can start loving yourself all over again.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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