Friday, July 02, 2010

It's a Privilege not a Punishment

I was flipping through a magazine on my lunch break today, and happened to read the following, 'Eating healthy and living an active lifestyle is a privilege, not a punishment.' I paused for a moment and let the words sink in. Being in the health and fitness industry we take for granted what we do every day and there are times, everyone has had them, where we have complained about getting up early, the drive to the gym (or event), how hard the workout was, and the list goes on.

If you actually stop to think about it for a second - we are lucky. We are lucky to live in a society where we have wholesome foods at our constant reach, where we have the ability to go to the gym or outside for a run and we have bodies that can engage in many kinds of activities.

Maybe it's because we have had all of that given to us, that we don't truly appreciate or take advantage of what we have, instead we complain about it. I know that the next time, I reach over to hit the snooze button I will think about how lucky I am to be able to get up and enjoy whatever it is I am heading out to do, rather than dread it.

In the words of Charles Darwin, 'A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.'

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