I have been thinking a lot lately about working out – thinking mostly around the options and opportunities to work out for people without a lot of time, money or space. I fall into some of these categories (my three-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment and most weeknights, I start my workout at 9 p.m.) My evening workouts are either to P90X or Insanity (neither of which comes cheap – although I have to admit that I did not personally purchase either one).
I had been thinking, what if I didn’t own these workouts and I wanted to exercise at 9 p.m.? I would not feel safe running or walking around in my neighborhood after dark and I’m sure a lot of people would feel the same way, regardless of where they are. So there you are, this motivated individual without a lot of extra money to spend on gym membership or expensive equipment or DVDs and no opportunity to sneak in some exercise during the day. I am thinking that eventually this motivation would be lost and you would just grab some snacks and see what was on TV before falling asleep.
Exercise, exercise, exercise is the mantra, but what if it is simply impossible to accomplish? Where does the responsibility lie? If we as a society agree that we should be healthier and that one of the ways to accomplish this is by “getting active,” whose responsibility is it? Answers do not come easily.
Maybe I had only lost two pounds. Or maybe I had lost nothing and just toned up some area or another. Honestly, it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that my pants felt good to have on. And it made me happy. It made me happy all day long in those pants. How great is that? The equation for me then is: exercise = happiness. And maybe it could be for a lot more people, if only they knew.
This reminds me of my co-worker who has vowed to lose 50 pounds before his 50th birthday. He is well on his way, losing more than 12 pounds so far. This came up because when I visited him in his cubicle recently he had this odd podium-like contraption on his desk (see photo).
Turns out, he built it himself at home so that he could put his computer on top of it and stand instead of sit for the majority of his work hours. I personally love this. I love the take-action rogueness of it and the can-do spirit behind it. Thinking outside of the box; moving away from the norm. And maybe that is where we need to be, as a society, moving away from the norm because as of now, the only thing that the norm has gotten us here in Hawaii is an obesity rate of 23 percent in 2011 (adults). So really, the time is now to throw norm out the window and figure out how to make it work; to implement outside-the-box ideas; to change the tide. To make it work, whether it be sitting or standing; whatever works for you.