Saturday, February 05, 2022
Matt Espeut, Health & Lifestyle Contributor
Did you hear about the new mandate that congress is in the process of passing?
It’s on the table to become a federal law that all Americans will be required to exercise 30 minutes per day for a minimum of 3 times per week.
If you don’t, you will lose your health insurance, and be banned from, hospitals, urgent care facilities, and more importantly all fast-food establishments.
If you continue to disobey this mandate, you will be fined and put into a health camp until your vitals are in a healthy range and you are no longer a burden to yourself and the health care system.
It’s called the “self-responsibility law” which requires everyone to be responsible for their own health, and carry their own weight. (pun intended)
Truthfully, I am making all this up, however, wouldn’t that be amazing if something like this could pass?
Think of how healthy, and productive the United States would be.
Our hospitals would be empty, pharmaceutical medication would be obsolete, fast-food industries would diminish, and local farmers, quality restaurants and supermarkets would thrive.
Not to mention, folks wouldn’t be as lethargic, and would have more energy in all aspects of life. They would also have more mental focus and clarity, enabling them to think and solve problems better.
Although that would never happen, myself and everyone in my industry would be behind it.
I also believe activities like recess & sports should be mandatory in schools, and after graduation, basic training and 2 years of military service should be mandatory for young adults.
We have helmet laws that protect us from motorcycle accidents, we have seatbelt laws that save 10,000 lives per year, so why not figure out a way to help the American public be safe from heart disease, diabetes, and all other diseases caused by living a hazardous lifestyle?
These diseases, both directly and indirectly, cost us more lives, money, and resources than car and motorcycle accidents combined.
Some will say it’s an infringement on our constitutional rights to make things mandatory, yet if it improves us on all levels and we are better off because of it, is it unconstitutional? Do we really need to have the right to self-destruct?
People protested when the mayor of New York banned the Big Gulp 64oz. cup of soda, and folks complain about cigarette taxes being too high, yet these laws were designed for our own good, not to take our freedoms away.
Exercise isn’t always necessary though….…. for pre-modernized civilizations that is.
Because pre-industrialized civilizations needed & saved their calories to hunt gather and reproduce, these civilizations never exercised. They didn’t need to because the movement they needed to survive created healthier lifestyles.
I am reading a book titled “Exercised”, and the author conducted decades of research and visited primal countries with little contact to the outside world, and found that the less contact with modernized civilization, the healthier the people were.
We don’t need to hunt & gather; we have supermarkets and restaurants.
We also have cars, elevators, chairs etc. Conveniences that are destroying our health and fitness, by allowing us to take the easy route and the path to comfort and least resistance.
Without resistance and difficult tasks, it’s impossible for us to thrive and live a life of vitality.
Exercise creates the resistance necessary to stay in shape and maintain our health.
Therefore, if there was a law that punished you for not being healthy, do you think you would “find the time” to exercise and make yourself a priority?
Hell ya, you would, so my question is, why do people need external motivation to take care of themselves?
Why can’t we be internally motivated to live a healthier, more productive life?
Here’s another scenario to think about.
What if the auto industry stopped making cars, and the car you are driving was the last car you could ever own?
Would you beat on it, forget to change the oil, neglect tuning it up, not replace the tires when needed or drive down roads that would cause extensive suspension damage?
So why do people do things to themselves that cause harm, or avoid the things that will make them better?
News flash, your body is the only one you will ever own, so why do you beat on it by being sedentary, eating unhealthy food, and depriving yourself of sleep on a regular basis?
I like to drive fast, so if my car was the last one, I could own, I would only drive fast occasionally to prolong the life of my vehicle.
Just like I eat pizza, ice cream, cheeseburgers, and fries, occasionally, so I can maintain my health and fitness.
I am getting older, and as the year’s progress, I realize more and more how important it is to eat properly, move regularly and attempt to stay healthy.
We only have one body, and if we don’t take action on a regular basis, and take care of it, we will surely break down, just like our cars would if we neglected them.
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