Gini Nelson\’s Engaging Conflicts

January 1, 2007

Health Fitness and Barriers —

Filed under: Health, Conflict and Stress,Tips, Treats, and Tools — Gini @ 9:09 am

Please note: this blog has moved to — please reset your bookmarks, accordingly. I’ll cross-post for a while, yet.

It’s New Year’s Day — Happy New Year to us all! Most of us will at least consider resolutions to do or be better in 2007, and, for many of us, getting fitter will be one of them. Will we follow them?

Jane E. Brody, New York Times Personal Health columnist urges us, “To Avoid ‘Boomeritis,’ Exercise, Exercise, Exercise” in her December 19th column (note: a TimesSelect membership may be necessary for access) — as she says, citing Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hostipial of the University of Pennsylvania, “evolution ha[s] not kept up withthe doubling of the human life span in the last 100 years. To counter the inevitable declines with age, we have to provide our bodies with an extended warranty,” i.e., fitness.

Yet, while most of us know the benefits of exercise, few of us exercise enough, or exercise consistently enough. Why? There’s a good article available for free download posted at Change, by Michale Gonzales, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist. As he says in his introduction:

With all the data there is about why people should exercise, why do they still have a tendency not to? As there are many types of exercise an individual can choose, not exercising is also a choice. No one can write a book or a scientific paper that will fully explain why some people do not exercise or why they exercise erratically. For this answer one really need[s] to look within. This paper is written to help people do just that — look within.

The quick answer to the question of why an individual does not exercise has to do with time, motiviation and worthiness. These factors will be addressed in this paper: finding time, getting motivated, and believing that he or she is worth the time and effort necessary to get healthier and more fit.

Here’s the link to the paper.

I won’t see you at the gym … my first fitness resolution is to walk more, first. But walk more, I will!



  1. Hey Gini – Great Post!

    As an Exercise Scientist and Trainer I have spent much of the last twenty-five years helping people change their body. Smaller, bigger, lighter, leaner, more muscle, more flexibility, speed, power… Athletes, non-athletes, kids, mums, dads…..whatever they were after; that’s what I did my best to deliver.

    Early in my career I discovered that whether or not someone achieved their desired goals had very little to do with what was possible, or their genetic potential, and everything to do with their ability to deal with discomfort.

    If you want an amazing life and you’re all about creating positive change, then learn to deal with, if not embrace, discomfort.

    Sorry Dude.
    Just how it is.

    Keep up the great writing Gini!

    Craig Harper

    Comment by Craig Harper — January 1, 2007 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  2. It is educational and interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Leopold — January 28, 2007 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  3. An interesting and informative site. Well done

    Comment by steve stamos — May 4, 2007 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

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