August 31. 2016

Working Towards Health

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day out and I'm ready to rock today. 

There are many reason to exercise. Some folks exercise to get ready for a bodybuilding show, some exercise to offset (or at least they think) the food they eat, some exercise to just keep moving, some do it because it's the thing to do and they don't really understand why they do it. 

I've thought about it a lot and analyzed myself and others around me to try and come to one conclusion of why we do this everyday or every other day or however often you do exercise. There is no definitive reason for every person, but there ought to be. It's something that gets skewed and dissociated with the path because of egos, and plain lack of a purpose. 

Day in and day out, I'll watch people lift the heaviest weight they can, often times with poor form, and wonder to myself if they know why they are doing it. I myself used to do just this but at some point in my life became conscious of that fact and started working towards a different goal. 

So what do I believe is the main purpose of exercise? Well, it's really quite simple if you break it down. The main purpose or idea is to improve or continue to maintain ones health and wellness. Exercise has numerous benefits and the greatest of those is it's ability to prolong ones lifespan. I would think to most this would be the single most important thing in life.

I won't lie, it feels good to take your shirt off and have a nice six pack set of abs or see striations in your musculature during a bodybuilding prep. However, a lot of folks, myself included on occasion, allow these superficial thought processes to guide our every move and forget the true meaning and purpose of why we do what we do. 

There is a lot to live for in my opinion and I know that in my life, I want to make it the best I can and live as long as I can. Why not? I have children, and a loving wife and want to watch them all flourish for many, many years. So I exercise. I eat healthy, I don't smoke or drink or do drugs. I watch my blood pressure, my cholesterol...etc. I take care of myself. Why? Well because I love myself and I love my family and I want to be apart of their lives as long as possible. 

Does this mean that exercising to look good in the mirror is wrong? No! Absolutely not. If you're doing that, then you're still working towards a healthy you. By lowering your body fat and increasing muscle density, you will be working on all those other vital organs and prolonging your life as well. It's just a good thing to have health in your mind as well as simply looking good. Keep that long term goal there but don't be afraid to cease the day as well! I'm not telling you not to drink occasionally or have a good time, I'm telling you what I have to do to be happy and healthy. Every person is different, yet we are more similar than we would like to admit. 

My ultimate goal with health and wellness is to be as strong and as fit as I am right now for the rest of my life. It's a big goal believe it or not. To maintain is so much harder than to push to lose weight or gain weight. To remain the same in some ways but constantly improve as a whole. 

Be strong folks and continue to do the best that you can. If you need help, ask for it. Don't be afraid, we all have to ask for help sometimes. 

Until next time friends!!!


Adam Hartley

Co-Owner/Coach Custom Fitness Consulting

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