Why you should work out, Part DeuxJuly 4, 2012
So here i am sitting in a puddle of my own sweat drinking a cool down drink to recapture some of my fluids i’ve released all over the floor like a drunken slug.
I can’t stop dripping. It’s unsightly.. think of the senator from X-Men, the one who Magneto irradiates and his genes get messed up. Just before he dies he turns into a big body sack of water before he simply pops and drains away.
That’s me, right now.
The city is in a record heat wave. I picked the worst day in the world to do Plyometrics, or PlyoX as it’s affectionately known as.
“PLYO X… I HATE IT, BUT I LOVE IT!”
Not too long ago i wrote about why you should start working out, at least from my own perspective and life’s experience, yours may differ. But something happened today that i thought i’d share which is another reason to start working out.
At work today, a coworker bought a 4 pack of some delicious looking ‘Drumstick‘ ice cream cones. Strawberry Cheesecake flavor with ‘Extra fudge‘ in the cone. Man it looked sweet, specially on a putrid 35 C degree day. Since i swore off sugar and excess fat this should have been easy.. but even i turned the box over to read it’s (and i use the term loosely) ‘nutritional‘ contents. Even my mind was starting to rationalize letting me eat one.
Fat: 8 grams
Sugar: 23 grams
On the surface, this isn’t the worst possible snack. And considering the heat, and the overall super low volume of junk i consume, i could very well have justified it. Even all my colleagues were egging me on saying one wouldn’t kill me or stop my progress. And they’re right. One won’t.
But one can so easily and quickly devolve into two, then four, then a few, and so on. Every slippery slope starts with one, especially when there’s peer pressure involved.
I politely declined and that was the end of it. Then my one colleague who is also working hard to lose weight, who also turned down the drumstick looked at me and said:
“Now that is what i call devotion!“
Took a second to sink in but color me impressed! He continued:
“See, i know i can’t eat that.. i know i’m fat, and have to cut it out. YOU are built and could easily eat that whole box and not see anything show up, and you still turn it down. Total dedication!”
He was doing a great job buttering me up and i wasn’t about to stop him:
“You’re determined to never become fat again! I can appreciate that. I want to get there too!”
He just created an alternate for my namesake.
Devotion. Dedication. Determination.
And he’s right.
The only reason i’m sitting here at my laptop feeling sweat pouring down every inch of my body is because i’m determined never to be that guy who used to see his stomach roll over his belt when he sat down in a chair. I never want to feel my man boobs bounce and chaff against the seat-belt of my Focus <sarcasm><snark>while driving on the smooth pristine pothole-less streets of Toronto </sarcasm></snark>.
I have the devotion to avoid eating crap because i know every piece of junk i eat means i have to sweat just that much more later. I REALLY would have enjoyed eating that brick of sugar and the whole 5 minutes it would have taken me to devour it. I would NOT enjoy the 30+ minutes i’d have to spend burning off the calories and fat from it. Action/consequence. I understand this better than most. Probably why i’m fiscally sound too.
And i have the dedication to do my workout, even in this unbearable heat. Granted i took a few extra pauses on the DVD and took a long mid-session break to go drown myself in the sink but hey.. it would have been all too easy to say ‘Nah, not today, too hot’.
Working out reinforces good habits in you and prevents you from taking the easy way out or being pushed into doing things you would normally not do. You feed off it’s results and use it to dictate your next actions in a beneficial manner towards you and your ultimate goal. It helps keep you on the straight and narrow rather than the ‘easy’ path.
And this is a concept that can be applied to everything you do in life well beyond exercise. Taking the easy path might feel good or quick short term, but over the long haul it will come to fuck you over. Just ask Yoda.. he knows his shit!
Just one more reason to start working out. Do or do not. There is no try.
That’s just my opinion. But what do i know.. i’m not a therapist.
I only play one on TV.
Now if you excuse me, i need to go find a mop.