Atkins Diet Vlog: Why is Exercise So Important?

One of the questions I get asked is why do I spend all this time (~80 minutes daily) in the gym when “Weight Loss is 98% diet.” While I question the percentage (92.15% statistics are created to supported your argument after all), my answer is why do you want to stay in “Beginner Mode.”

We received this gift of a new body, and some people want to leave the wrapping on and preserve it for fear of damaging it. I on the other hand want to try out the new capabilities and do new things. Coming from a guy who has ran marathons, fought a fire as a firefighter, and tried to keep up with my kids, I want to enjoy myself. I want to do the things I used to be able to without restrictions or concern if my body or lack fitness is going to be the anchor.

This is why I like to focus on “fitness” as a determinant of success rather than simply weight loss. Weight Loss will certainly help me get more fit and to that end I want to achieve roughly my goal weight, but I perhaps more important want to achieve a goal body. To that end, I am working with a trainer on weaknesses come from years of inattention or sedentary work.

Note: I get it that not everyone can run marathons or be a firefighter, so what I do at the gym might not be for everyone. I do think improving one’s fitness however does apply and pushing one’s boundaries. Is that going for a walk with the dogs or doing pool or chair aerobics? Perhaps, but as Andy Dufresne said, it’s time to “get busy living or get busy dying.”

Note: I know after shooting my collar is rolled, but being 45 and a dad, I think I am granted a pass from looking perfect. 🙂

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