Because I want to live a long time
I know that sounds funny to you. You’ll laugh and joke about how it’s not worth it to eat healthy food every day.. that I might extend my life a few years but what’s that matter?. You simplify this situation to make excuses and give yourself permission to keep indulging in foods that you know are destroying your body. You lack self-control so you need to believe that it’s okay to repeatedly consume a vast amount of sugars, bad fats and excess carbohydrates.
But what if it does give me an extra year? Visit any dying man on his death bed and ask him what he would give for just one more year? Ask him if he would gladly go back and eat healthy all his life if it gave him another year?
Because I want to feel great
Eating healthy and working out makes me feel like a well-oiled machine. I always have more energy. I get up and I’m ready for the day. You don’t know that feeling because you’ve always made poor food choices. You try the occasional diet but you give up easy because you’ve never truly made an ongoing commitment to the pursuance of excellence.
You don’t know the joy of feeling strong in everything you do. You don’t know the inner confidence that having a healthy body gives. You don’t know the inner strength that is gained when working for the outer strength.
Because I believe in being healthy
I know life is a short ride and it will all be over someday, but while I’m here, I’m going to give it my all. Being healthy is part of living right. I’ll teach my children the value of being healthy in the same way I’ll teach them the importance of honesty and integrity because they’re all parts of the sum of me.
With millions of people dying from health related diseases every year, I’m willing to do whatever I can to not be a part of that statistic.
I eat healthy because my body gives back to me when I give it the proper fuel.. when I give it the respect it deserves and choose not to pollute it with anti-oxidants, cancer-causing agents, high fructose corn syrups, fried fats and unhealthy carbs. My body is a temple and I choose to treat it as such.
Because I want to know what I can achieve
I want to look back someday and know that I pushed myself as hard as I could. I want there to be no doubts that I took my body to it’s limits and I challenged myself in everything I did. I want to know how far I can push myself and what I’m capable of.
You’d rather sit and watch tv or play video games. That was okay when I was a child but there’s a time to put childhood things away and strive for goals that once seemed unattainable. It’s part of the human experience and I don’t want to miss it.
Because it’s good for my soul
My faith is strengthened as I my body reaches new heights. I can’t even explain it completely but there’s a spiritual quality to achieving goals I never before thought possible. I feel growth within when I commit myself to every component of a healthy lifestyle.
Because life is precious
I want to see my kids grow up. I want to be active in my community and give to others. I want to feel the loving embrace of my spouse for years to come. I want to laugh with my children.. hold them every day when they’re young and hug them every chance when they grow older. I want to have lines on my face from years of smiles. I want to race my grand kids to the nearest fishing hole and spend the day laughing with them.
Life is precious.. and the only chance I have to hold on to it is living well.
To live well, I eat good, workout and stay healthy.