Monday, July 29, 2013

"Consult with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program..."

Doctor Tom Saves The Day!

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.

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"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