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Welcome to 'C-Force'!
"C-Force" is my new health column and represents how I have lived for more than 50 years. Most people know that health and fitness are very important to me, and this new column will give readers across the nation and around the world not only the guidelines that I live by but also sound advice from experts who I know are reputable and whom I respect.
In each article, I will use a simple Q-and-A format. Each week, I will answer a question that I receive from readers. (So feel free to write to me today at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries about health and fitness.)
I believe in and will be writing from a holistic view of health, that wellness is obtained and maintained by treating ourselves as integrated wholes — mind, body and spirit. Neglecting one area will cause the others to suffer. Even the World Health Organization confessed way back in 1948, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
I'm not writing this new column merely to inspire you to eat better and exercise more, but to help set you free from the tyranny of what I call stinkin' thinkin' and the food industry's processed foods and other artery-clogging eatables. I want you to live as optimally as you can, with all the gusto your life can experience and offer, and I believe "C-Force" will help.
Living in a country filled with people who struggle with self-worth, live on processed and fatty foods, and often neglect their spiritual sides or innermost beings, I think "C-Force" fills a needed gap to empower and encourage Americans and others on their lives' journeys.
The fact is our instant and fast-food culture is mastering the bodies and minds of the masses. As a result, most Americans are overweight, undernourished, dehydrated, sick and lacking the zip in their drive to even complete their to-do lists, let alone discover their dreams.
According to the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even childhood and teen obesity in the U.S. has tripled over the past 30 years. Twenty-five percent of kids are overweight or obese, and most parents don't even know it. They also report that one-third of adults are also obese, with another one-third being overweight.
And food isn't our only consumptive threat. An estimated 1 in 5 adults also smokes cigarettes in the United States, inhaling carcinogens each time one is lit. More than 50 percent of American adults don't exercise enough to provide them any health benefits, and 25 percent of adults are not active at all in their leisure time.
To be honest, though I'm an optimist, there's little good to report about most Americans' health.
The problem is that we are literally killing ourselves in the pleasure process. I hear lots of people say they want to retire early, but I never hear people say they want to die early. But that is exactly what we are doing. As my friend Mike Huckabee says, "We're digging our graves with our knife and fork."
We've confused liberty for licentiousness. We think doing what we feel like doing is power and freedom, when really it's just carrying out what our flesh craves. True freedom is being able to look straight in the eye of what you feel like eating or doing and possess the power to say NO. Eating what we want isn't liberty; that's tyranny. Eating what is right is freedom; that's victory over oppression. And triumph over your mind, body and spirit is exactly what I would like to help you obtain, encouraging you to not only make the right sacrifices but also enjoy the right pleasures.
Being a better you begins with a commitment to creating a better you. And I'm ready to renew that commitment for myself and also create a covenant with you.
Here's the deal. I'll meet you here once a week as a personal trainer. And if you make the commitment to fight to live out the principles I address in every article, I guarantee that it will change your life.
I am going to tell you a little secret, and you have to promise not to tell anyone. My wife, Gena — who is just as, if not more, into health as I am — would like us to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. When we do, I will be 108 years old! The cat is out of the bag. Do I need to say that I'm under a little pressure? So that goal to recommit my next 50 years to creating an even better me is more apropos than ever.
So, are you ready? If so and you're making that commitment to create a better you, then you've joined C-Force — a global force and power to help create a better you. See, you already have made the first step; you read my first article!
I'll see you next week — same time, same station. Until then, don't ever forget the words of the great fitness legend Jack LaLanne. "Remember this: Your body is your slave; it works for you."
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