I must confess I’m not exactly the slimmest girl on the block. I’m not chubby either, don’t get me wrong. However… we do have a slight tendency towards becoming slightly obese over a long period of time in our family. I see it as a genetic trait. My mom has it, my dad has it. Even my sister has it. And I have it too. I eat healthy foods most of the time, but still I gain weight when I’m not exercising at the same time. I suppose those few chunks of chocolate that I have per week are really adding up to the total calorie count.
Today, I hit the gym together with a long time best friend of mine. She had been frequenting the gym for a long time. She had tried to get me to go along for a while, but I never really wanted to. Up until now. Because I figured that if I did not do anything about all those pounds that were creeping up on me, I’d lose control over the situation and that would certainly be a shame. No need to become fat when you can just simply get some exercise a few times per week.
The fact of the matter is that you can’t guard yourself against obesity unless you get exercise. Not in this modern society you can’t. We just sit around all day, working our jobs. And when we get home, we get take out food and then we eat it while sitting on the couch, watching television. That’s a surefire way to diabetes, cancer, heart disease and last but not least… an early grave. So we’ve got to get exercise if we are to stand any chance whatsoever against becoming overweight.
It’s too bad that the human body has to work this way, but it’s all we’ve got to work with. I have studied the causes of the phenomenon of human obesity, and I ain’t no expert… but it looks to me like we’ve got evolution to blame. You see, back in the days when we were cavemen, our bodies had to hold on to every calorie because you never knew when a new period of food scarcity was coming up. For this reason, we tend to get fat in modern days. Sometimes I think it would be a good idea if we still had to go out and hunt for food and run from dangerous animals, if only to stay in shape all the time!
What a crying shame that cavemen didn’t have photo cameras or they could’ve taken some photos to show us what they looked like. Were all cavemen thin and muscular? Their cave paintings aren’t giving us enough detail for a conclusive answer. But I have a hard time imagining that those guys would suffer from morbid obesity like so many of us do in this modern society that we call civilization. To be honest, I don’t think civilization is very civilized. We act it. But it’s not actually true.
If civilization were civilized, we wouldn’t have to work our behinds off in order to barely get around. So how does work tie in with working out? Well, I believe the 9 to 5 has been designed to keep us nice and complacent. The system wants us to be really unambitious outside of work. In the time shortly before I was born, wages stopped going up despite the fact that productivity increased. And now, we have no way to get jobs, let alone to move up. Considering the fact that poverty has horrible effects on the human brain and the fact that junk food is cheaper than health food… is it any wonder that our ‘civilization’ is going completely down the can?
For this reason, I live cheap and I work no more than 4 days a week. The rest of my time is mine. And I intend to put it to great use by visiting the gym frequently from now on. What a feeling it is. I’ve been exercising with dumbbells and barbells for the first time in my life. It was a great experience. My best friend tells me I’m going to have really sore muscles when I wake up in the morning. She also tells me the first time is the worst and that I just have to pull through.
I certainly hope it isn’t going to be as bad as I fear it will. My daddy also did a lot of strength training in his day. He still does some every once in a while, but no longer as intensely as he used to. In order to keep himself going at his age, he got himself the greatest bodybuilding supplement on the market. It’s a natural, organic testosterone booster supplement called Testofuel. It really managed to help him turn back the clock a few years. Imagine that… just weeks ago, he was asking myself “does it really work?“, and now he’s lifting like he’s 20 years younger.
Watch the video above and you’ll get an idea of what my dad is like. I’ve never seen him train on bars like that, but I have seen him bench press a lot of weight. I think it’s a really great idea to keep yourself active and well trained well into old age. It seems to me like you can be in good shape for a long, long time if only you put your mind to it. And while I have no ambitions of becoming that muscular or anywhere near that muscular, I do find videos like these (as well as watching my own dad) very inspirational.
Looking back on my life, it’s kind of weird that I hadn’t gone to the gym earlier, since my own dad did set a great example for me. Oh well, I’m still in my twenties and it’s not too late I guess. My dad tells me your twenties are a great age for starting exercise. If he says so, I guess I’ll have to believe him. If I keep this up until my eighties, then I will have exercised three quarters of my life. And when I was a kid I used to play outside a lot. I guess that also, sorta… half counts as exercise. It sure did keep me slim at the time!