April 21, 2011

Back to the “personality versus looks” issue. Again!

It's not like we don't have a wonderful personality…
Yes, people, visual impact is more important then we want to admit! Off course, our great personality is very important, too. I will agree with that. But let me ask you one thing. If you have two cars: one ugly with a great engine and one beautiful with a dreadful engine… I wonder which one of those two will you first take for a spin?  I guess we all know the answer…
At this point, I am sure you are thinking at the ideal situation, “a beautiful car with a great engine”. And you know what, it is possible! We can all have such a car.
Let me rephrase that: We can all have the charming personality and the greatest physique ever! It can be done! Life gave us this gift at birth, together with the tools to obtain it! It’s up to us!
A study established that only about 10 percent of how long the average person lives is dictated by our genes. The other 90 percent is dictated by our lifestyle.
The fact of the matter is there is a lot of confusion around what really helps us live longer better. We have heard of the Atkins Diet, the Low Fat and Very Low-Fat Diet, the Oprah Diet, or the Zero Carb Diet…
We have low fat food, low fat puddings, low fat ice cream, low fat muffins…
Should we be running or doing yoga? Should we be doing fitness or bodybuilding? Should we eat organic food or tofu? Should we be taking supplements or not?
On the other hand, all the specialists agree we should all exercise correctly, eat healthy and have a spiritual life.
Everybody agrees that those are the three keys to a great life. We all know what we need to do to improve our lives and yet, comically and tragically, we do not. Why don’t we? Why aren’t we doing those three things?
I am an engineer, so logic, science and analytical thinking come naturally. Therefore, I tried to find the right answer to that question.
I had to, because two years ago my doctor told me I am doing all the right things to become obese. I was 34 then, but my biological age was “a little” over 50. His advice was, obviously: go to the gym, mister Platz. So I did, but it didn’t work very well for me.
You see, today, there are thousands of gyms and fitness centers available. However, doing the same boring exercise routines can be very straining and frustrating most of the time. Aside from doing everything repeatedly everyday, you also have to realize the fact that exercising does not show immediate results even after a few weeks of working out. This can be frustrating and many people will simply give up the exercise program they enrolled in. I know I did, more then once…
Do we quit because of the laziness, low self-esteem, fear of failure, lack of faith in our abilities?
Could it be the lack of motivation the cause?