Person A had many excuses not to train, when I approached her. I remember talking to her about some of the health benefits of exercise; she responded with” I can’t afford to train”. My response was simple; “you will pay a price for now for sessions and receive immediate benefits and progressive ones. Such as better body composition and better strength and endurance or you will pay later in health bills with endless discomfort and be a burden to others”.

I thought that would have convinced her, however she had another reason to not exercise, she said” I worked with a trainer before and he always tired me out so that I couldn’t get done what I needed to.” I understand I replied there are many trainers who push people  to far beyond their present recovery abilities, however that is not my philosophy; you must be able to maintain your form to keep doing a movement, which will to never going to complete exhaustion”. After this the excuses went on; oh my kids, blah, blah, blah. After a few minutes I realized that this women wasn’t ready to train and that she missed a key component of why we need to exercise, The Moral Obligation!

The dictionary defines a moral obligation as:
A feeling of moral obligation” – an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong; “he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation”duty, obligation, responsibility – the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; “we must instill a sense of duty in our children”; “every right implies a responsibility; very opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty”- John D.Rockefeller Jr

As you can see it is essentially a question of right or wrong. To me; what makes something wrong is a behavior that negatively affects others and disrupts their right to be happy. How can this apply to exercise? It is very simple, exercise and a sound nutrition program are proven to be the best preventative medicine there is! In fact according to science most of the health issues we face as a nation are due to a lack of eating better and less and not moving a heck of a lot more! Now for my readers that want to argue this point should recognize that I said “most”, not “all”.

Let’s name some of the benefits of exercise:

One; Exercise combined with a good eating program reduces fat in the body or can help maintain a healthy composition. We are realizing in the health and fitness world that being overweight is more of a cause of some of the ailments that plague our nation. In fact being obese is actually dumbly named a disease rather than choice that one made. However I digress. So, exercise for your future and your families also!

Two; Exercise produces independence in its followers, especially strength training. Whether you are young or old the stronger you are the less you will have to rely on the help of others many tasks. In fact it will put you in better place to help others as well! To me that is an awesome perk. Also as you age, being strong will give you the freedom to be on your own for longer! So get strong and exercise regularly!

In addition to these two facts there are many other  great benefits of training intelligently and to making it a habit over a life time.

An Example:
I train a woman who embodies this principles, she has been training with me for about five years. She is 68 years old and she constantly amazes her doctors with her health and fitness. She doesn’t take any drugs for any major health problems. She can move better than most people half her age and has amazing endurance and low body fat percentages for her age.

So, how do all of these wonderful facts help prove that exercise is a moral obligation? The answer to this question is simple. If you make those choices that benefit your health, you maintain it. (As far as controllable factors go) The benefits of this are not just for you, but for your family. They will not have to disrupt their lives and relationships as a result of your failing health. Society benefits because we will not have the expense of taking care of those who cannot do it for themselves, thus lowering that cost. So you see it is a moral obligation to be fit and healthy, if you choose not to change our mind about this fact, then we prove to be selfish and not caring of others. So yes, you are obligated to train and be active!

In all of these sobering facts there is hope. Even if you have lived in a selfish way, you can change the course of your life and its outcome can be made better through active healthy lifestyle. It may be challenging and the results may be slower than if you were younger. Yet you can begin to make amazing changes in your life starting slowly and progressing into higher levels of health and fitness. However you need to get started for your own sake and for the sake of the lives of those who need you to be healthy .Also think of difference you can make in their lives, if you stay mobile and vibrant!

The choice is yours, will you choose well? I hope you will!

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