2014 Ushers in New Realities

My name is Kent L Gardner, and I am a gym rat many years removed, and for me, exercise is as much a part of my daily routine as breathing. I have witnessed many, many people coming into the health clubs really out of shape. Many of them have been advised by their physician that they must join a health club to lose weight, or tone their bodies or die. Unfortunately, many are so arrogant that they ignore counsel, and reject the advice of the staff trainer to guide them into the rudiments of beginning an exercise regimen.

When it becomes clear that there are no short cuts to arriving at that goal of true wellbeing and fitness, and that exercise is a gradual lifestyle that begins with the slightest of resistance and graduates from there to a place that is always comfortable, within moments major changes begin to be realized, and the subtleness of the dramatic changes in every facet of your being is phenomenal.

Only when people take the time to set goals and take a reasonable approach to achieving these goals, by considering the advice available in the respective area of endeavor will success happen. To be fair, some people don’t need professional advice to begin walking regularly, and advancing from there to a more aggressive program if they desire. It is glaringly obvious that in the U.S. obesity suggests an absence of any sort of exercise program in the majority of the population.

Nearly 20 years ago, many schools across the nation suspended school recess for children, and playgrounds were no longer part of the landscaping plans when new schools were being designed. School boards began guarding themselves against lawsuits from the parents and guardians of students who were being injured on these playgrounds. And a new precedent took hold, and physical activity in young children became a thing of the past, and we are suffering in a very big way as a result of this change.

Those children are now grown and have children of their own, and because they were not physically active, there is no parental model for their children to emulate, exercise is not considered high on their list of priorities. The physical condition of the majority of the U.S. population has reached epidemic proportions, and diseases related to this epidemic are killing people by the millions every year.

The new reality is this, optimal health and wellness is within reach of each and every person, and the exhilarating feeling of wellbeing only gets better with every waking moment. The psychological awareness, as a result of this wellbeing, transcends into every area of your life, beginning with your household. A new reality that wellbeing does not come with a heavy cost. It’s effortless, and profound and sustaining. And it’s impossible to keep it to yourself.