Having chosen to swallow the red pill...

Monday, August 21, 2006

There are no shortcuts

Here is the first part of my coffee-break size snippets on exercise and I am sorry to start you off with a hard hitting one. There are no shortcuts (full stop)

Oprah Winfrey once said, "The biggest secret in life is that there is no secret - whatever your goal, you can get there if you are willing to do the work."

If you want to get the benefits, you have to be prepared to do the work, there is no way around that. There are no quick fixes and the '5 minutes and you will look like this' promises from commercial TV channels are designed to take your money and be neatly stored within your closet before the month is out.

Just take a moment to think about it, and it is logical. If you want to be a good lawyer for example, it takes time, dedication and hard work; a good gardener, chess player, painter, whatever you choose, you need to do the work in order to make progress and see the benefits. To build muscle, you need to make it work, to break it down, to let it re-build itself, to rest and then to begin over again, and again... The same with stamina, you can't go from sitting on the couch to running a marathon overnight.

To quote Lance Armstrong, the 7 times winner of the gruelling 3656 km long Tour de France, "Everybody wants to know what I am on. What am I on? I'm on my bike... 6 hours a day. That's what I am on." - and that is what it takes to be a champion and to succeed in your own exercise, whatever your goal... the willingness to simply do the work.


To reduce my ecological footprint this week, I have purchased 4 heavy-weave cotton carrier bags, which have now replaced the 5-7 plastic carrier bags that we normally consume in our weekly shopping trips.


  • How true...it takes great patience, determination, and focus to ignor the pangs of guilt & external pressure, and to be a couch potato!!

    Keep up the good work on eco-footprint...step by step they're getting smaller...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:22 pm  

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