I think the reason people dont exercise is for same reason other people dont
-stop drinking coffee
- stop lying in the sun
Add your own health vice to the list.
I think people dont exercise becasue right now the committment to exercise is too difficult for them to make.
For example one time I was made redundant from a job. I started smoking more to comfort myself. Yes, I saw the signs on the cigarette packets saying this could have serious health implications. At the time the problem which made me want to smoke was too present and caused me to ignore the health warnings. How would I react if somebody came along when I was sitting in the cafe smoking cigarettes I could little afford and no job on the horizon and said that I am irresponsible for spending my savings on cigarettes and this might cause me to need social welfare or that I am damaging my health which may cause me to be a drain on the healthcare system.... Likely it would have made me want to smoke more becasue of the stress heaped onto the existing stress. A few months later I had another job. Then I looked at the sign on the cigarette packet and thought, yeah that makes sense. There is every reason not to smoke. I cut down to 2 cigarettes per day. Without the stress of being jobless it was easier for me to deal with the smoking problem.
Nobody makes the decision to go out and make a bunch of stupid mistakes. Who ever says I want to be a divorced, unempolyed, fat alcholic. There are many causes of these problems and I think one of the problems is that we have a high degreee of freedom in our society. Some of us are higher on the learning curve of using this freedom. I have a friend who is in serious debt and the problem is getting worse. I often feel like shaking her and telling her to pull herself together and fix that problem. But I honestly think she does not understand money managing as well as I do. Others will apply critisisms to my life and wonder why I dont improve. It is just as difficult for me to do some things as it is for my friend to manage money. People generally dont say u are doing lousy at that but your money managing skills are excellent. Nor do they say look how slim and healthy your body is and how unlikely u are to create expenses for the healthcare system with obesity related illnesses. They just say u are doing lousy at something and why cant u do it as well as I can. Well the simple explanation is that I cant but am trying and hoping to improve and I am doing my best according to my ability and circumstances.
Those of us who live in Western democracies live in the most progressive societies in the world. It is because we are progressing that we hit bumps and have problems in our societies. But having said that there is nowhere in the world where people are worse off then they were 100 years ago wealthwise. This is largely due to the relative amount of stability we have achieved in our democracies. More peace and stabiltiy often goes hand in hand with a rising standard of living. We in Western democratic countries are the most influencial countries in the world. When we progress and move forward all other countries do so also to varying degrees.
If we discriminate against the obese or any other group in society we take a step backwards. It is anti the democratic philosophy which has made us so successful. Look at any situation in history where we have supressed and/or exploited a group of people and examine the problems that this is still causing in todays society. Point the finger of blame at the obese or any other group and 3 fingers point back at u. U essentially want to abandon the democratic philosophy which has taken so long to get as far as it has.
I also think there is every hope that the problems in society we are experiencing because we are free to make a bunch of mistakes will become less. More and more help is becomming available to us. Weightwatchers, Alcholics Anonomous, Marriage and relationship experts........
Mel, I know we've not seen eye-to-eye in the past, but this is an excellent, well thought out, honest post.