If you can close your eyes and see the person you want to be, you can be it.
That was one of my posts the other day on Twitter and Facebook. It came to me after watching two inspirational videos about two gentlemen who transformed themselves over the course of a year. I hash-tagged my posts with #starttoday, hoping that somewhere, somehow, someone would be inspired to #starttoday and begin their personal transformation. At first, my thinking was “if you want to lose weight, go out and run!” but as I sat thinking about the videos with the song “Fix You” running through my head (the soundtrack to both videos), I realized that these videos represented so much more and that the concept of #starttoday was about more than just throwing on some running shoes and going.
#starttoday is about doing something, anything to start yourself on the path of transformation – for some that mean dropping some pounds and gaining cardiovascular health. Yes, #starttoday can mean throwing on your dusty running shoes and putting in a few miles but, it can also mean getting off of the couch, heading to the kitchen and today, just TODAY choosing to grab an apple instead of a bag of Doritos. #starttoday can mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. #starttoday can mean taking the dog around the block instead of to just the corner. #starttoday can simply mean purposely changing your mindset – that this week, this day, this hour, this minute I will choose to live well; I will choose activity over inactivity; I will choose to eat healthful foods instead of junk; I will embrace the light that is life instead of the darkness.
Our bodies were designed, whether by God or by Nature, to move. Today’s society inadvertently conspires to keep us still, idle – whether it be the TV, the computer, or the smartphone, when we are engaged with these devices we tend to stop moving.
Technology is not a bad thing. It is a wonderful, beautiful thing that has helped bring the world together and can be used to make life easier. We should not however mistake ease of life with complacency. Contentment has its place, it is what we all strive for, but it cannot (and ultimately does not) come at the cost of our health.
In 2010 66% of the population of the United States was overweight, half of which was obese and we spent 2.6 trillion dollars on health care related issues.
THAT is a lot of zeroes. That’s close to $1,000 per person. Would you rather be spending $1,000 on health care issue that were preventable or on items your family could use or want? $1,000 per person pumped back into the economy could go a long way toward bringing America’s health back to where it once was – but that recovery starts with you, and your friends, and your neighbors. I know that it’s not that simple. Getting healthy is not that simple. The numbers ($2.6 trillion, ~$1,000 per person) are not that simple. But we must start somewhere; we must start some time.
What better time to start than now?
Make a promise and #starttoday.
And then when you wake up tomorrow morning, do it again.
You can do it.
I dare anybody who loves running NOT to cry at 3:50 of this video.
Don’t wait. Take a walk…play with your kids…jump…run…dance…make love…swim…bike…have a water balloon fight…
…and if you still don’t know how to start, just ask.