Shock news – going to the gym can make you healthy!

I could hardly believe my eyes – the headline in the news item was ‘Gym could make you ill’. Apparently some so-called health professionals carried out a survey and found out that some people go to the gym when they have a cold, and others don’t always wipe down the equipment after use. These shocking facts COULD make people ill.

What a load of old rubbish. I’d be much more interested if they had carried out a survey and discovered that people HAD actually become ill from going to the gym. I assume that they didn’t because they knew that they wouldn’t find any evidence. Going to the gym is famous for making people fitter, including boosting their immune systems. There are many studies which have shown that those who exercise more get ill less. But that doesn’t make a good headline does it?

This highly scientific study also found that 22% of people avoided going to the gym because of ‘excessive nudity in the changing rooms’. For heavens sake! It just goes to show that some people will come up with any excuse in the book to avoid going to the gym and instead sit on their fat bottoms scoffing the pies which will ultimately kill them.

On the other side I found a ‘shocking revelation’ on the front of one of the newspapers recently. Apparently scientists have discovered that the best way to minimise the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, and of minimising its impact on your health if you do, is to take up regular exercise. You don’t say, Sherlock! Most other scientists and health professionals have known this and been advocating it for the last 20 years!

I think it’s about time people started understanding risk. Everything you do carries a risk. And so does everything that you don’t do. There is a risk that you’ll be struck by lightning when you open the front door in the morning, but I don’t see headlines warning you about the dangers of getting your pint of milk off the doorstep! More importantly, there is a very high risk that failing to do regular exercise will cause a wide variety of health problems, up to and including diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, heart problems and premature death.

We all have a choice about how we treat our bodies and our health. We just need to realise that every action and every lack of action will have consequences. Choose the outcome that you want for your life and take the actions known to lead in that direction. If you choose to avoid exercise and continue to eat unhealthily, recognise that you have made a choice. And if that choice makes you ill, accept that it was your choice and live with it.

Conversely, if you do want to change, and will start eating more sensibly and start exercising regularly, I’ll be first in the queue cheering you on and congratulating you on your fantastic, slimming, health enhancing way of life!

I’m just off for a run. What will you do today for your future?

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