Not to sound like a bunch grumpy of old men here, but nowadays everyone seems to be looking for maximum results with minimal effort. From scrupulous business practices to make a quick buck, to potentially damaging diets and pills to get thin in a hurry, an awful lot of people seem to be looking for the fast track to success and it just doesn’t work like that.
If there is one thing you learn from years of experience (read: getting old), it’s that the quickest or seemingly easiest route is not always the best one. Fitness, a favorite topic of ours, provides some stellar examples. Let’s take a look any number of fad diets or non-FDA-approved pills available on the market. Many of the diets may yield results, but they are not necessarily sustainable, as man cannot live on cabbage soup alone, and the weight tends to come right back. The pills are another story altogether. Many of the miracle pills we see advertised on T.V. and the internet can be downright harmful to your health. Anyone remember Fen Phen? No? Good.
The truth is, it takes sweat equity to achieve the results you want, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Whether you finish an endurance race or reach an ideal (and healthy) weight, there are few better feelings out there than setting a lofty goal and achieving it through sheer force of will. Whatever your goal, please believe us when we tell you that it just feels better to do it the right way. Need fuel? Have a healthy snack. Need a boost? Have a cup of coffee. Want to get fit? Hit the gym, or the track, or the road, or the pool, etc. Leave the strange diets and pills behind, and get to work.
We feel compelled to leave you with a quote from a genuine badass: Margaret Thatcher once said, “I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty near.” Amen, sister!