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No Excuses, by Matthew Romans

If is very easy to think of reasons not to do things that can benefit you. The book "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is a riveting and important historical account that we can all learn from, but how many people do you know that have actually read all of it? Probably not very many. Why? The book is over 1,200 pages long, and that alone is intimidating enough to make most people not want to read it. Your car's check engine light has been on for a few weeks, but you haven't made a service appointment. How come? It's a hassle to take your car to the shop, and it might be an expensive repair. Humans have the ability to rationalize and make excuses for lots of decisions or non-decisions in life, but ultimately we are responsible for what happens as a result.

There are a myriad of reasons many people give for why they don't undertake a comprehensive exercise program: not enough time/too busy, it's too expensive, it's too hard, it's not fun. These are just a few of the many that I have heard over the years. This thinking is very shortsighted, because chronic disease is largely a result of poor lifestyle decisions that add up over time (poor diet, bad sleeping habits, stress management, lack of proper exercise). The good news is that there is something that can make a world of difference in your health and well-being, and it requires less than one hour per week: Total Results exercise.

In order to stimulate body improvements and start to reverse the effects of chronic disease, inflammation, and poor mobility you need to perform intense mechanical work with the skeletal muscles. Our workouts are brief, intense, infrequent, and most importantly, safe. As instructors, we supervise every repetition of every exercise in every workout, and our job is to educate you and put you into a position for success. Total Results exercise is not fun; we would never tell you that it is. The fact that our workouts are not fun is not a valid excuse to not do them. I don't particularly enjoy brushing my teeth, cleaning the house, or shopping for groceries, but if I don't regularly do these things there are negative repercussions. The fun part of exercise occurs when you're able to fit into clothes that used to be too tight, are able to participate in activities that you once could not, or when you get excellent feedback from your doctor at your annual check-up. That is the payoff.

According to a CBS News report, in 2018 Americans spent $535 billion on prescription drugs. That is an alarming statistic, and it doesn't even get to the root of the problem, as it's more profitable to drug companies to treat conditions rather than cure them. All the money that we're spending on prescription medication isn't making us healthier, it's making us sicker. Total Results exercise is an investment in yourself, and it's an investment on the preventative side of health. You can pay a little now, or you can pay a lot down the road in the form of higher insurance premiums, medication, and health care. This doesn't even take into account things like the loss of mobility and its negative impact on your quality of life, which are difficult to quantify.

Everyone has different things competing for their time, such as their job, family, and various extracurricular activities. If you value your health and your quality of life, less than one hour of exercise per week should be manageable. Don't make excuses; Total Results exercise is critical for your health. You can't afford not to do this!

Posted October 14, 2019 by Tim Rankin