Almost half the year has gone by now since we created our annual New Year's resolutions.
I have a pull-up bar in my hallway, and in a corner of my bedroom there are two different sized exercise balls, a few colored stretch bands and a bunch of weights, right there--all waiting for me to put into service before I go out to face the day.
I try again today to ignore them as I have successfully done for the past few days, when suddenly I realize that I do this every morning.
Why don't I want to exercise? Why am I always thinking of other things that I "really must do" instead, so that I don't have to do this right now? What is it that causes us to not want to do a simple thing like exercise for even 20 or so minutes a day?
Almost everyone I know goes through the same process of making excuses for not exercising But what is the real reason I don't want to get on the floor and do those pushups? Why--even though the exercise ball is right next to me and the weights are within 10 feet from me--am I not just reaching over and doing it?
What happens to our brain in those few short seconds when--even though we see the weights or the jump rope or the treadmill right there in front of us--we decide instead to go to the store and pick up eggs or turn on the TV?
There should be a way to overcome this "decision to deny" and to get on with the short 20 to 40 minutes of doing something that is a proven way to maintain our health and increase our longevity. Wait, I know! I will invent a pill... a little blue pill... (Naw, that's already been done and it's just not quite the same thing.)
I began examining this "denial" process that I am now going through, realizing that it is the very process that all the gyms in the country depend on starting on Jan. 1, knowing full well that by June, most of their customers will have abandoned the gym, allowing them to sign up others for more summertime profits.
Bottom line is, we are lucky to live in Hawai'i with about 360 days a year of great weather. So help me out here, someone. Please invent something!
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This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org