Turning 40: A Dangerous Statistic


Not everything that approaches 40 is good, you know. A new study, for example, suggests that if current trends continue, the level of adult obesity in this country will hit 40% by 2018.

2018 isn’t as far away as it looks when you think about it.

And maybe that’s a good reminder that it’s time to get in better shape. Much better shape.  We all ought to be ashamed of ourselves for letting things get this way.  We can hide behind blaming the media all you want, but the television isn’t the one cramming that second and third helping down our throats.  My TV can’t even pick up a fork.

I’ve started looking at some exercise routines, after finally realizing that I’m just not — at least at the moment — in a gym frame of mind. I don’t find it “inspirational” to see people heavier than I am working harder than me: I worry that they might keel over at any moment. And I don’t find it “inspirational” to see people more fit than I am still going full throttle, because I don’t find myself wanting to work like they are as much as wanting to, pardon the pun, “throttle” them for being so over-dedicated.

Walking is a decent option for me now that it is cooling down here in Charleston. Humidity does not make being outside all that pleasant. (At least, not as pleasant as being inside on the couch!)

And now that it’s cooler, I can walk the dog without fear of her getting overheated. She’s a major couch potato, but she likes to get out and walk.

Some friends of mine have started the P90X thing. It’s this hardcore, super-intense fitness routine. I’ve looked up info about it, and I found a “test” to determine if you’re in good enough shape to start it. The question about how many pull-ups you’re capable of pretty much closed the door on that one.


Anyone know of a good alternative that will get me in shape without killing me? (Money is an object, incidentally.)

This is a good time to ask, incidentally, because we’re in that crazy time of year in which we gain an average of 15 pounds thanks to the family feasts.  I don’t want to gain 15 pounds.  That would not be pretty.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.