Monday, July 29, 2013
"Consult with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program..."
Photo by Murray Barnes via Flickr
I understand in principle why people are advised to consult with a doctor before beginning a diet or exercise program. There are some terrible diets out there, and people who are sedentary can easily overdo exercise and injure themselves. Back in college, though, I had a phys ed instructor who said, "They should tell you to consult a doctor before deciding to live a sedentary lifestyle." That really stuck with me.
Imagine if behaviors that are considered "normal" but that can be quite risky were flagged this way:
"Consult with your doctor before deciding to consume multiple sodas per day."
"Consult with your doctor before getting drunk this weekend."
"Consult with your doctor before going through the drive-thru."
"Consult with your doctor before watching a 'House Hunters' marathon."
"Consult with your doctor before eating a frozen dinner that contains 2000 mg. of sodium."
"Consult with your doctor before texting while driving."
Today I am feeling achy and sore. I couldn't tell yesterday, but when I crashed my bike in the race yesterday I must have landed pretty hard on my knees and my ankle is a little tender too. Just out of curiousity, I weighed myself and I am up a few pounds -- water weight from muscle soreness. Still, I know in the long run, training will make me healthier and lighter. My doctor would approve, too, since she did the same race yesterday.
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07