Saturday, March 16, 2013

Exercise Vendetta

A short break from my travel posts, to discuss another thing Chloe and I have in common: an understanding of the importance (not necessarily a love, haha) of exercise.


1. I do not want to end up with someone who does not exercise, i.e.*, someone who has flabby arms and a fat potbelly. A disciplined man, e.g.*, person who gets up at 5:30 AM everyday to beat his body and make it into his slave is not going to be with a continuously
eating pig who refuses to budge (me, at the moment).

2. I've observed that successful** people are those who rise and grind. Of course, it's not like a person who does not exercise=a person who is not successful. It's just that I don't know of a single person who gets up damn early daily to exercise before going to work who isn't successful. I think it's because being able to discipline one's self physically is a baby step to being able to master self control. CS Lewis said something like men are animals, and what our bodies do, our feelings and thoughts tune into and go in accordance with. People who exercise even if they don't feel like it at first have probably realised that emotion follows motion (that quote is not mine): you do it, then you start feeling like doing it, and not the other way around.

3. Having a healthy and fit body helps you LIVE A FULL LIFE

3.1 BEING ABLE TO DO YOLO-Y STUFF Sports and other recreational activities (i.e., surfing, hiking, etc.) all require a certain fitness level. You can't do play-all-you-can when you're overweight and taxing your heart triple time.

3.2 BEING ABLE TO WEAR NICE CLOTHES Being fashionable and wearing beautiful, stylish clothes also require a decent body! It's sad how being fat forces a person to limit his/her sartorial choices. :(

3.3  HAVING HAPPIER AND BETTER-REGULATED MOODS Endorphins released by exercising makes people happy and less insane. (Even Elle Woods knew that).


3.5 HAVING A BETTER CHANCE AT SUCCESS Also, I think people (subconsciously) respect you more when you look good. This I know because I studied and aced*** social psychology, where I learned that tall men and pretty women tend to get paid significantly more than their less attractive counterparts. And cute children were thought by their teachers to be better behaved and smarter than not-so-cute children. (My slightly premature) conclusion? Being smexy will get a person a better paying job and a better shot at a good life.

4. No good things come for free. Even Anne Hathaway had to workout like a madwoman to get Catwoman-ready! I no longer want to adhere to the idea that some people are just born with it and the rest of us chubbies have to be chubby forever. So untrue! With hard work, everything is within reach.

5. Everyone deserves to see what they could look like at their best at least once in their lives!
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -- Socrates

First saw this picture when Max (of showed it to me! Hahaha


*My future solicitor of a brother patiently walked me through the correct uses of i.e. and e.g. yesterday and so now I am going to use them all the time, just because I finally know how hahaha

**Successful as in: (1) being financially secure and flourishing, (2) having healthy and functional relationships, and (3) having time to develop talents and pursue non-work interests

***So yabang, I know

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