Recently, I began taking up yoga with my daughter. Every Monday night, my daughter and I would pick up our mats and head out the door to practice our newly discovered love. With a new commitment on Monday nights though, we weren’t able to squeeze in our weekly yoga so we are now practicing on Tuesdays at home. I knew it would take a bit of research on my part. I wanted to ensure that anything I was practicing with my daughter would be challenging but not impossible for a third grader.
As I went to the exercise section I was somewhat shocked at the amount of diet and exercise books there were. Picture a full steel rack about 50 feet long and 6 risers high filled from end to end with books about losing weight and exercising. I know most of us head to our local bookstore when we want to buy or look for books but this is beyond that. There are stacks of old books and new books; smashed together with books you wouldn’t even know existed. And of course all these books doesn’t even account for the ones that were already checked out by hopeful ladies, men, teenagers and even children. All on a quest to change or improve lives.
Now I knew there were a plethora of books out there but nothing could have prepared me for some of the titles of these books.
Eat This, Not That! Where they tell you to eat a salad instead of a fast food burger, duh! Diets for dummies, in case you didn’t want the Diet for Smart People!
21 pounds in 21 days, which is one of the unhealthiest ways to even begin to think about losing excess weight.
Diets for teenagers, geared only toward the vulnerable and most awkward age in life. Diets For Children! Really? I think if it is necessary for you to need a book like this, you should using your family physician or a registered nutritionist as a reference guide, not a book.
There is even the Orgasmic Diet! I guess you can get an Orgasm every time you eat the foods mentioned in that book…. Hmmmm….
One thing is for sure all the books on those shelves could really make your head spin. No wonder we are losing the battle of the bulge as a society. We are confused! There is so much information. Some of it is the same, some of it is contradicting, some of it is in your face telling you what to do and some of it is telling you to relax. So what do you do? How do you go on? How do you fight your battle?
Simple, well I think simple. Move! Keep MOVING! If you move, not only will you be fighting the battle against the bulge but also you will be fighting so much more. You will be fighting degenerative diseases, some cancers, diabetes, head ailments such as depression and you will be kicking up your natural hormone response to feel good endorphins. So as I went through some of the books that were holding up on those shelves, I realized I am going to keep moving. I am going to keep insisting people move as it can help you in so many ways. It can change you in so many ways and more important it can empower you in so many ways!
Live From the Inside Out,