ValenTIME to get in shape?

A time for love?

It’s that time of the year once again;

So I thought it a good time to write a somewhat cheesy post about looking at love from another angle (as I am sure you have been bombarded with messages about roses, chocolates, passion, and other short term fun)

I think it is no revelation to say; everybody loves to be loved. It’s a great feeling and one of the many amazing attributes given to being human. Love that!

Now if you really love your significant other, family and friends, then you really should be doing your upmost to keep yourself in tip-top health and fitness.

Why so, I hear you ask?

The reason being that if you are ill, you can’t focus your energy on them. In fact you end up taking their energy away.

If you are stressed you cannot properly focus the attention they deserve on them.

If you are out of shape, then how attractive are you to them? (more on the subject of your partner here). Ok this point is a very contentious one, as many people say beauty is only skin deep and it should not matter how someone looks. It’s the inside that counts. I totally agree, but honestly would you prefer your partner to see you at your best, or below your best?

We can also add to this the statistic that physically active adults have a twenty to thirty percent reduced risk of premature death and up to a fifty percent reduced risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers (as reported by the State Medical Officer in 2004).

Surely everyone would like to cut the chances of their partner, or any future partners to go through the sad support of nursing them one day. Surely everybody would look after themselves as much as possible in respect of not just themselves but of all their loved ones surrounding them?

I’m guessing that if you are reading this you already have an interest in your health and take steps to be the best you can be.

However, sadly you are in the minority as eighty percent of adults are classified as not active enough to benefit their health.

Ninety percent of adults believe that it is important to exercise regularly, but as you’ve just read most don’t. The irony is that most people believe they do enough exercise to keep fit.

This is similar to how most people feel they eat a balanced diet. I’m not even going there, right now.

Anyway enough of the doom and gloom as I know you are looking after yourselves for your loved ones. It is loving yourself (or respecting yourself if that sounds better to you) for them and I hope they are loving themselves enough for you too!

One last point. It is never too late to start a healthy and loving lifestyle.

There are 168 hours in the week, so spending 3 of them being active is not a big ask.  Planning is key, and those three hours are your time to look after yourself for those you love.

Spending a little extra time reading labels on foods and cutting out lots of sugars and fats is a loving thing to do. Cutting out the trans-fats and hydrogenated fats is a loving thing to do. Having a glass of chilled water instead of a fizzy drink or a juice is a loving thing to do. I am sure you get my drift.

It’s all a change of mind-set and looking at the bigger picture. How do you want to look and feel in ten years from now? Will Valentines day in 2022 be one where you are in the best health and shape you can be for those you love?

Have a great day and enjoy the attention.

Tom @ UCB

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