I’ve been exercising for three minutes per day for about 14 months. I feel and look better than I’ve felt and looked in years. What makes this progress incredible is that I was feeling and looking pretty good before I started.
In fact, half the men twenty years younger than me would probably love to have the body I had. Nearly half of middle-aged men are obese. My BMI was within normal range for a man in his 40’s. I’m now 68.
Why am I exercising? I want to be better. I’ve been a devotee of self-improvement my entire life. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I’m constantly working toward improvement. I’m not trying to slow the decline. I’m trying to grow and be better.
Contrast that with a person I was trying to help before I retired. She was at least 20 pounds overweight. She refused to diet or exercise. She never did anything to improve herself mentally. She was in her 60’s and still making minimum wage as a waitress. She was about to become homeless. I told her that she needed help beyond what I could provide.
She replied, “There is nothing wrong with me.”
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