body templeI walk into a nice home and meet its proud, overweight, out-of-shape owner. Unfortunately, they just don’t get it. Your real home is not your apartment or your house or your city or even your country, but your body. It is the only thing you, your soul, and your mind will ever live inside of so long as you walk on the earth. It is the single most important physical thing in this world that you can take care of.

We have a choice: To take care of ourselves, or to simply let time make us worse. And it is right now, at this moment, not later, that we must make this decision. Most people in this world (in regards to fitness) choose to lose. They drag themselves through a second-rate life, overweight and under-energetic. They just let time take its toll. Their waistline increases and their height decreases as they get older, and their backs hurt and hunch. Eventually their mobility becomes limited, and they end up dying well before they should.

Then there are the others, the minority who decide to really, truly do something about their health. They exercise, and they watch what they eat, not obsessively, only just enough. They have an understanding of nutritional basics, and work out 45-60 minutes a day, 4 to 5 times a week – which is less than 2.4% of their time – because that is all that they will ever need. They meet life’s obstacles with physical, mental, and spiritual strength. They care about how they look, feel, and function. They thrive on the energy that exercise gives them every day. How it washes away so many of the bad things in life – depression, anxiety, nervousness, tension, boredom, impatience… It lets them think easily and clearly. They know how much worse their lives would be if they did not exercise, so they simply don’t let that happen. They are in control, not their excuses.

With a many things, the hardest part is getting started. But once you do, it makes the next time so much easier than the last. Try tricking yourself. Tell yourself that you’re that you’re just going to do a few sets of something or a quick ten-minute workout. What you’ll find is that usually, after you get warmed up, you start feeling better, your energy surges, and those few sets turn into a full-blown workout. Worst case scenario, you end up with an abbreviated workout. It’s still better than doing nothing at all. Everyone has to start someone. The important thing is that you start…but even more importantly, that you have the drive and motivation to want to start. This will create a strong foundation for your body…for your home.

About the Author

Christopher Kazda is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Chiropractic Technician at New Beginnings Chiropractic, 1861 Business Hwy 18/151, Mount Horeb, WI 53572. He is available Monday through Saturday to help you reach your fitness goals.

Please call 715-302-2153 or 608-437-9990, email at, or visit, for more information or to schedule an appointment.