This weekend I indulged in my usual necessary evil of attending a weekly Masala Bhangra class. I had been giving the class rave reviews (despite it kicking my butt each week) so a good friend of mine decided to tag along. Before the class started we were speaking a bit about our fitness struggles when she says
“Yes girl, I need to get in shape because I’m not getting any younger and no man worth his weight wants a fat wife.”
First of all not only is my friend not fat, could she stand to lose a few sure, no more than most of us, but for her to say she’s only getting in shape so she can snag a husband disturbed me. Outside of the fact that you shouldn’t be trying to spend forever with someone whose level of love and respect for you is measured by the width of your waist, a person should be getting fit because they want to live a longer, happier life for themselves … not someone else.
You should be working out so you don’t die of heart disease or diabetes. So you can run and play with your kids, walk the Great Wall of China, or walk period without getting tired and winded. You should be getting fit so you can live your best life now.
Of course I called my friend out on her reasoning and she felt I was fooling myself if I thought people only got fit to live better. I’m not fooling myself, I know that there are people out there just like her who are getting healthy for all the wrong reasons.
Even knowing that my point is still and always will be that you loving you enough to live better should be all the reason you need to get your mind and body right. And if you need more than that to get healthy, you’ll have the body and you’ll have the husband, but you’ll never have happiness and that’s worth more than anything.
What are your reasons for getting healthy?