In October 2008, I shared the story about how I elected to change some of my bad habits (in June 2006) and what the results were at that junction. In that report, I disclosed that, according to an InBody 520 Analyzer test, my body fat percentage was then 12.9%.
Now, the last 14 months (since then) have been challenging for me – in the sense that I started a new job that is somewhat demanding of my time and it does not allow for as much movement during the day. Basically, between commuting and desk time, I’m sitting for almost 12 hours, straight, each day from Monday to Friday.
Being curious as to what possible impact this situation has made on my condition, I decided to have another InBody 520 Analyzer test now. And, the results are in: My body fat percentage today is 13.3% – which is pretty much the same as it was 14 months ago.
How is this possible? Well, while I may not get as much exercise as I did 14 months ago, I still pay attention to my nutrition. And, obviously, that’s important. After all, many believe that all the exercise in the world won’t improve your weight management as much as it could if you have terrible eating habits.
Still, exercise is key to maintaining and/or improving your health. And, that’s why I’ve decided to do whatever it takes to exercise more – and I’ve been doing that since the World Series ended (over these last five weeks). Hey, a body in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by a equal or stronger force, right?
Why share all this? Simple: In case it helps someone else who is in the spot I was back in June of 2006. I just want to spread the word and say that a change is possible and it can be maintained – if you’re willing to do what it takes and be passionate about it. (Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.)
To this end, one thing that would help, anyone, is spending less time online.
Yes, that sounds funny coming from a guy who writes a blog – but, it’s true. So many people spend (waste?) so much time online with things like Facebook and/or Twitter that would time much better spent going for a walk…or doing some push-ups and/or pull-ups…it’s amazing.
Just to be clear, I’m not saying that you should totally give up your blogging, microblogging, and/or other online social networking stuff. But, if you’re spending more than one hour a day on it, that’s probably too much – unless it’s your job or something.
Do yourself a favor and unplug from the matrix and get your body moving. That’s my PSA this year. As I said last year: Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can…