Reasons Why

Why do you exercise? Or maybe I should ask, why do you not exercise? I heard Chalene Johnson say that exercise is what you do when you love yourself. Do you love yourself enough to exercise? How about your children? Many people I have met started taking time to exercise not so much for themselves, but for their children. So that they would have the energy to be there and share experiences with their children.

Late afternoon tomorrow, my family and I will go camping. I have an exercise program that I am in the middle of. So here will the deciding factor as to how determined I am to stick with this program. I will have every excuse to not do it. I will be walking a lot, I don’t believe there is an inside facility to use. So I’ll be exercising in the somewhat open space. I’ve done every workout once so I have an idea how to do them. So that shouldn’t be too embarrassing. But will I get up in the morning and actually press play? I have my Facebook friends I’ve been reporting to. I’ve talked about every exercise beginning the second week. I must keep that up. I must make this transformation work. I must prove to myself and others that this can be done. This is hard work, but it is doable. You just have to want it. You have to decide to do it, commit to doing it, and then you will succeed. That is the tagline of Beachbody, Decide. Commit. Succeed. I want to succeed. I want to no longer be that guy who is in OK shape, but usually has a bit of a belly. That guy who keeps his waist size right around the at risk size for heart disease. I want to be far away from all of those indicators. I want to be able to play with my great-grandchildren. I want to be a 90 year old who helps the 70 year olds in the assisted living and refers to them as kid. I want to be that guy. I want exceptional health.

I can get into so much here, this is why I changed my eating from medium prime rib to vegan. This is why I study theology. This is why I became a Beachbody coach.  Health now and in the future is what is driving me to do many of the things I do. I think it was the Rolling Stones who said, “If we had known we would live this long, we would have taken better care of our bodies.” This is a good lesson. I’m planning to live a long time. If I die tomorrow, it will all be OK. I know that health and fitness may not add years to my life, but it will add life to my years. I need this fitness now to enjoy my children, and I want it in the future for their children and their children’s children.

Does anybody else have this kind of view of health?

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Joshua Smith

I am the father of six beloved children and a husband to a lovely woman. I am also a follower of Christ, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a cancer fighter and a motorcycle rider

2 thoughts on “Reasons Why”

  1. I don’t have children, but I have definitely changed my ways since becoming vegan … I run 3 miles a day and 5 miles on the weekend days, ( a day off) and cut out fat an oil and salt… I just feel better, and its nice to be here 🙂 just started following you, I have a vegan recipe/lifestyle & Cruelty-free beauty Blog as well,
    so glad I found your blog & Happy to connect with you 🙂


    1. I did low fat raw vegan for about a year, about 5 years ago. It was great, but difficult to be social. I like to eat at nice restaurants with friends but at raw vegan does not work well with that. Just being vegan can be challenging enough, but I can typically make it work. How long have you been vegan?

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