For the health of it



Over the past several weeks I have been noticing how people view themselves. I have heard numerous times – “I want to lose weight” or “I am exercising but I am not getting skinny” or “I NEED to lose weight.” My favorite, and the reason for this article, is “I can’t come to the Gym until I lose some weight.” That one makes me want to pound my head against a wall.

If you are thinking this way, then you have it all wrong. You don’t NEED to lose weight, you NEED to get healthy; losing weight is just an added bonus. Do not look at yourself as fat, look at yourself as unhealthy. I want to be skinny again as much as anyone, but more than that I want to be healthy. I want to feel good and live a long, happy, and healthy life. We do that by taking care of ourselves.

Keeping yourself healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually will help you develop a happy and more productive life. Complete health is achieved by eating right, exercising, and sleeping properly. These are all important factors in helping to live a healthy life. Face it, it’s doubtful that any of you reading this are going to pose in the next issue of a swimsuit magazine. Stop worrying about your weight and how you look. Think about how you feel. Everyone reading this knows what it takes to get healthy. You just have to find what will motivate you to do it. Everyone needs to exercise and eat healthy. Bottom line, there is no magic pill or combination of foods that will work overnight. You just have to make a commitment to yourself and your family to get started and stick with it. Take these steps:

Introduce changes gradually. Small changes can make a big difference. One extra biscuit a week can lead you to gain five pounds a year. Cut that biscuit out of your diet and you’ll lose the same amount.

Increase your activity levels. Someone who doesn’t exercise and begins an exercise program, but maintains the same diet and calorie intake, will almost certainly lose weight. Reduce your caloric intake.

Write down your plan. If you are not sure what you are doing, get help. I am available by e-mail all the time and will be glad to help.

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and