In an old episode of “Seinfeld,” George finally decides that he will do everything opposite of what he would normally do; after all, if every decision he makes is bad then he would just need to do the opposite. This comes to mind when I hear or see the decisions of people who are obviously unhealthy. Of course, it is their life, but allow me to explain.
Yesterday, in my local bike shop, a guy was haggling with himself and a salesman over which water bottle cages to get for his bike. It wasn’t the function or color of the cages, but the weight of the cages. The guy concerned about the weight of the cages is around 5’10” and well over 200 pounds. Does the weight of the cages really matter? Is it easier to purchase lighter things or to become lighter yourself? Most people choose the easy way.
From there I go to a local Wal-mart. As I walk in the front doors, there are five people sitting and actually waiting for motorized shopping carts. No, it is impossible to determine who actually needs the carts, nor should I judge anyone, but the fact that people would sit in the vestibule of a Wal-mart waiting for such a cart is ridiculous. No one sitting there had a cane or a walker, and all of the people waiting were well overweight. Have people actually given up on burning a few calories? Most people choose the easy way.
A week ago, while visiting my wife at work, I thought a woman was going to have a melt down when a sign informed everyone that the elevator was temporarily out of order. She ripped the sign off of the elevator and stomped down the hallway, mumbling about taking the $!*%# stairs. Here’s the kicker: the building is two stories. Stairs? It can’t be! Most people choose the easy way.
Today, we are bombarded with advertisements for “20 minute abs” and “eat what you want and still lose weight” and “pills to the new you” deals. Working hard is almost faux pas in our society. Ride how many miles? Do how many pull ups and burpees? Go to the gym how many days a week? Why would you hike a trail for that long? I really hate to be cliche’ about life, but Hunter Thompson said it best in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: “If a thing like this is worth doing at all, it’s worth doing right.” Being healthy is a choice. We must choose the right way to live, not the easy way.
“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman