A friend of mine, sent me a message on Twitter, (thanks @JoAnneWallace), pointing me to Global News Toronto’s Mark McAllister (@MarkMcAllGlobal) who reported on a story about a health crisis that is griping Toronto. And lets be realistic, it goes way beyond Toronto.
Approximately 60% of Toronotonians are listed as “inactive” and the numbers are even greater within immigrants. There were several reasons that had been indicated in the story as possible factors for the alarming numbers. Time, money, lack of access and more blah, blah, blah.
I’m sorry, but people, this is your health we’re talking about. This is quality of life; quantity of life, mobility, function and honestly, this is life and death.
Obesity is on the rise at an incredible rate in all age groups and across the gender barrier. Women are seeing rates of heart disease, stroke and diabetes at rates that were once reserved for only men. Children are increasingly at risk of developing a lifestyle of sedentary behaviour, diabetes and for the first time in history it is anticipated that their life expectancy is going to be shorter than the lives of their parents.
Technology is making our lives faster and more convenient in everything we do. Communication, schedules, meetings, networking, are all benefiting from the speed of smart phones, wi-fi, 3G are benefiting everything…except fitness.
Make excuses all you want. Access to a facility…hmmm, how about the great outdoors!! It can be accessed everywhere you go. It’s free and it’s available when you are.
Walking to running, body weight to dumbbells, single or group, hills to valleys, pavement to sand. Mother nature with some human help has given you as many, if not more options outdoors than stale gyms ever could. Rain, snow, wind? I could tell you all about metabolism and how inclement weather can turbo charge your workouts. But I could also tell you how to take your exercise indoors to your kitchen.
There are so many options available…a little education, a little commitment and a little bit more effort can be a huge difference in your health, happiness and life.
Time, money, lack of access? You won’t have to worry about those when your dead either.
So tell me. What’s holding you back from taking charge of your health. Let me know. Are there any obstacles keeping you from improving your life?