I recently watched the NBC Special on the Hawaii Ironman World Championships.
1,800 amazingly fit athletes, almost all amateurs, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles – all through the heat and humidity that form the lava fields of Hawaii.
I then picked up this week’s Economist Magazine and my inspiration turned to alarm as I read about the unhealthy lifestyles of most Americans:
In a sentence, we’ve become a country of couch potatoes . . .
- 34 percent of Americans are Obese.
- Two of every three Americans – 68 percent – are either obese or overweight
- More Americans are likely to be overweight than to pay federal income tax
- Obese Americans rack up medical bills 42 percent higher than Americans of healthy weights.
The good news? Our density is not our destiny.
- First, consult your doctor. Find out what you can do.
- A good start is just walking 30 minutes at least three times per week.
- Select fruits and vegetables over chips and dip.
- Turn off the TV and put on your tennis shoes.
You may never become an Ironman, but every woman – and man – can lead a healthy lifestyle, a longer life and a fitter future.