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The joy of feeling fit

I work out a good bit. I love to exercise. Always have. It releases endorphins that give me a ‘feel good’, a ‘high’, a ‘happy vibe’. Since I jacked up my knee this summer, I’m reduced to cycling or the gym. Can’t play squash but, whatever. So I usually ride my mountain bike early mornings, in the dark.

The people I meet or pass on my ride are happy. People I see at the gym are happy, positive, encouraging, upbeat.

The point, friends, is that people who work out are usually happy people. They’re happy about their bodies or the work they’re doing on their bodies. They’re usually happy about their weight or the direction in which their weight is headed. People who work out are usually happy about life, or as a minimum, not miserable. People who exercise regularly seem to be generally happy about their health.

People who work out are usually high achievers, better workers, they have fewer sick days and they’re usually the better performers in their companies.

Now, don’t get this twisted! I never said thin. But there are thin people who are neither fit nor healthy. There are people who are bigger or fuller figure, but fitter and/or healthier than some thinner persons.

If you’re a size one lady or a size small man and you can’t jog a mile without stopping you’re out of shape and therefore not fit. You could conversely be a size 20 female or a guy who wears an extra large, with a little gut, but be fit enough to jog three miles in 30 or less minutes; in which case you are way fitter than the thinner persons described herein.

Sexy, in my opinion, is not a dress size. It is an attitude! It is about whether the person feels sexy, no matter whether they are a 22 or a two! Even though the fashion industry promotes women who are a size zero or one, that’s not realistic. The supermodels who are that thin often have issues like anorexia to stay that small. You have to eat something and have a little fun. What’s life like without the occasional bag of French fries or potato chips?

The key is moderation. Don’t drink too much alcohol; don’t eat too much fatty, fried foods (that’s the Bermudian diet); don’t drink too many sweetened drinks like soda, juice, etc.

Do drink plenty of water, do eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, do eat more fish and chicken than red meat, do ensure that meat is no more than 35 percent of your meal, do bake, grill or broil your food and do use less salt and oil/grease in your food preparation.

The main point here is that part of being happy in life is related to your overall health and fitness. If you are fit and healthy, you are more likely to be a better person, employee, colleague, spouse, significant other, parent and/or friend. You are more likely to a positive, progressive, right-thinking person.

Conversely, if you are neither fit nor healthy you are more likely to be grumpy, miserable, off sick from work more and lazy. You are probably going to be less productive than your fitter colleagues, and you are likely to be less effective in the many roles you have to play in your life.

People who are fit and healthy are usually happy. So if you’re not fit and healthy, get there. And if you’re not happy, try getting fitter and healthier and you just might become happier.

Lastly, one reason why the cost of healthcare is so high is because so many people are unhealthy. It means they are often sick and have a higher incidence of heart disease, strokes and other ailments that involve expensive medical procedures, all of which drive up the cost of healthcare. This is a nice segue into my next week’s submission, which shall be about the rising cost of healthcare and what we can do to curb it. Peace, DJLT.


Quantum leaping into the top spot is worldwide sensation

Gangnam Style by PSY, a rap/dance/pop hit. This uptempo dance anthem is this week’s hottest rap track in the Billboard top rap songs listing. Tumbling to #2 is

Scream by Usher, a popular dance track. Down to #3 is

I Can Only Imagine by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and L’il Wayne. Falling to #4 is

No Lie by 2 Chains featuring Drake.

Up into the #5 spot this week is

All Around the World, a popular dance track by Justin Bieber. Slipping to #6 is a former essential new tune,

Whistle, by Flo Rida, a hot and hyped dance track.

Improving to #7 is

This Is Love by Will I Am. Slipping to #8 is

Lights by Ellie Goulding, who now has another hit on the circuit.

Up to #9 is

Heatwave by Wiley. Up to #10 it’s

Give Thanks by Christopher Martin. Climbing to #11 is

One More Night by Maroon 5, a hit pop track. Improving to #12 is Rihanna’s latest hit,

Diamonds. This track is growing on me, and the rest of the world, as it continues to race up all the music charts.

Tumbling to #13 is

Wide Awake by Katy Perry. Falling to #14 is

Mercy by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz.

On its way up at # 15 it’s

Heels On by Lady Saw a catchy reggae love song. Slipping to #16 is Pop Queen Rihanna’s longstanding hit,

Where Have You Been?

Up to #17 is

She Wolf by David Guetta featuring Sia. David Guetta produces hits and Sia has developed quite a repertoire of hits herself.

Now some new tracks. In at #18 is this week’s essential new tune,

Die Young by Ke$ha. This is an uptempo pop/dance track that is right at the top of the pop charts of the world. Ke$ha also has an impressive list of pop hits.

New at # 19 is

Let Me Love You by Ne-yo. New at #20 is

Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars, which has shot quickly up the pop charts.

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Published November 30, 2012 at 8:15 am (Updated November 30, 2012 at 8:15 am)

The joy of feeling fit

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