Why is that we only appreciate things once they are gone? And specifically when it comes to our health and fitness, why do we take it for granted?
There was a story on the news the other day about a 22 year old stroke victim (yes 22!) who is now mentally very aware but physically can hardly do much more thank blink; it’s called boxed in syndrome (and to top it off her mother has cancer). She has many years ahead of intensive rehabilitation just to learn again the most basic of tasks.
The story made me think of someone I’d been talking too recently about their health, and how adamant they were about it all being just too hard, too inconvenient and too boring.
What is truly hard and too much of a hassle really needs to be put into perspective. Is it really that hard to say no to sugary, processed food or to say no to that extra glass of wine compared to how difficult it would be to learn how to walk again? Is it really that hard to get up a little earlier and go for a walk compared to how hard it would be to watch everyone around you have a fully functional body while yours just sits there?
What wouldn’t people with a physical disability do to have a healthy body? Yet I see people all the time mistreat their bodies week after week, year after year; and still they complain about back ache, lack of energy, stress etc.
There is a man at the gym that also has been a victim of a stroke and is now in a wheel chair for the rest of his life-he hits the gym 4-5 days a week and does what he can, I wonder if that’s convenient for him? How is it that some people with disabilities see no “hassle” in making the most of the cards they’ve been dealt with?
Next time you just can’t be bothered to look after your body, ask yourself if you are making the most of what YOU have been dealt and giving your body some TLC.
Adriana Solorzano – Director & Personal Training Manager