It's been far too long since I was able to say "I'm off to the gym."

Until yesterday.

After 12 plus years since my last gym membership, I finally did it. I signed up the family with a gym membership.

It feels good already.

Not just physically, but mentally.

Making that initial first step to commit to this lifestyle change is invigorating. It's literally life changing.

Many people underestimate the relationship between emotional and physical well being.

I, like most of you I am sure, always feel better mentally and emotionally after a brisk walk--even in the pouring rain if need be.

A quick ride on our stationary bike always alleviates tension and stress.

It is hard to have a good balance in life when one of our states of being is out of whack.

The same way it's hard not to feel mentally cluttered when your house is physically cluttered and vice versa, it stands to reason that it's hard to maintain a good mental outlook when your body is out of shape. The converse is, again, true.

We know that physical activity promotes better mental and emotional health.

So excuses be gone. It isn't the cheapest thing in the world, but neither are co pays and insurance costs.

To borrow an old bumper sticker that states "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance," once could say "If you think gym membership is expensive, try obesity."

It's true.

Look at what you spend going to the movies...out to dinner or drinks...a BALL GAME...and it becomes sillier and sillier to rationalize the unaffordable gym prices.

And don't say you don't have the time.

We all have 24 hours in a day. Most of us, frankly, squander them. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and YOU have the same hours in each day. USE THEM WISELY.

The GM at the gym was a great and knowledgeable guy and said that even 3 hours a WEEK would allow us to reach our goals.

Think about that.

That's THREE hours out of ONE HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT hours each week.

So drop the excuses.

And go get 'em.

If I can do it? Heck...ANYONE can.