Thursday, September 2, 2010

Patrick's Rant & a Youth Movement

Over at The Road, Patrick posted a really great rant about the excessive number of products that are introduced to market everyday that allow people to cheat good health by just slipping on some "slimming garment" or taking a magic pill.

I totally agree.  I didn't get to where I am today (still not where I want to be) by just kicking back.  No, I worked (sometimes really, really hard, sometimes not), made a number of sacrifices and spent thousands of dollars on equipment, entry fees, etc. (this I did by choice, you don't have to spend lots of money to get fit, I know).  I've made it my mission to be fit and healthy - not just for me, but for my family.  I want to set a good example for those around me.  I just wish I would've started earlier... 

Like Hunter Lussi.  He is 16, has completed 33 triathlons (including 3 of the 140.6 distance), written a book, "America, Get Off the Couch," launched his own fitness program and lobbied Congress to have Labor Day named America's Tri for Health Day. 

Amazing!  Seriously amazing.  Read about him at Runner's World -

Hunter is an inspiration. I hope that his efforts pay off and we can do something about the childhood obesity epidemic.  Imagine what could happen if kids started getting fit - do you think it could rub off on parents/adults?

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I am actually horrified about the childhood obesity epidemic. It is just so incredibly sad to me. What are the parents thinking? Oh right, the parents aren't thinking b/c they're obese too. I don't want to sound harsh, but I just don't understand how people can let themselves get to that point. I know and understand that it's hard to lose weight, but to let it effect your children in a way that is basically a death sentence to them? I don't get it! Sorry about the rant!