Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why I Do This

A friend asked me why I devote so much time and energy to staying in shape.  “What is your goal?” he asked.  Perhaps he thought I was planning to live forever, but that’s not the reason.  Like all good pragmatists, I have my Living Will signed and notarized and my Health Care Representative selected.  As I watch myself getting older, I have two main objectives: to remain independent for as long as possible and to avoid pain.  Being in good shape after the age of sixty is a luxury; eating what Michael Pollan calls “real food, not too much of it” and working out are the price I pay for that luxury.

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