A few nights ago as I was watching Boston Legal, a commercial for some new workout miracle machine popped up with some character that had the body anyone would be envious of; came on telling you how he achieved that body with just 20 minutes a day on this great machine.  As I watched him make his sale shirtless, muscles bulging I was rather insulted to be honest.

Fitness is going to be a new topic that I write about here and hopefully with some frequency, as over the past year and a half it has become one of my passions.  The guy in that commercial may indeed use that machine, but like many politicians, this is really only a half truth if a truth at all.  In addition to his 20 minutes on the miracle machine he is also spending numerous hours at the gym per week.

Look, I know that physical fitness is not everyone’s cup of tea, and most people couldn’t stomach running a mile let alone 4 a day.  If it’s not an interest of yours, that’s ok, but stick with me on at least this post.

Let me say first and foremost that I might not be the epitome of fitness.

That said, my weight doesn’t dictate what I know about the subject.  In the past year and a half I have done a lot of research on health and fitness.  Not just fitness, but sustained fitness.  More on that later.  I am currently 5’11”, 212 lb 27 year old male.  I’m not going to be shy about this.  My Body Mass Index (BMI) is .4 away from technical obesity even after losing 43 lbs.  At my peak (if you want to call it that) I was 255 lbs, which is when my wife called me out on my weight, and probably in essence saved me from an early death caused by heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other weight related conditions.

You might think this “calling out” would cause bitterness and hurt feelings… it did at first.  More then anything though it gave me a reason to get started. It sparked that little bit of drive to do something about it if not for myself, for the sake of my wife and family.  So past those hurt feelings there is also a feeling of gratefulness. So that started me on a track of running.  Just a little at first, then more and more as I could handle it.  I ate less of the same foods I ate everyday anyway and within weeks things started changing, and I have ridden that change 43 lbs forward.  You see the greatest lesson of that period of my life was that if you are a wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, father, sister, brother or have a son, or daughter the fact is you owe it to them to keep your body in shape.  Even if you are ok with what is happening to your own body, they have to look at you, they have to walk around with you, they have to be proud of who you are both mentally and physically.

Sounds shallow a little doesn’t it?  But be honest with yourself, it’s true isn’t it?  It’s a respect for those you love, and it deals with so much more then looks.  Overall health, activity, lifestyle, confidence, pride, and so many other things are balanced on something that we all know we should be doing.

So why aren’t you?