Health and Fitness – Muscles Won’t Help When You Don’t Use Your Head

You could skip all the exercise and live much longer than that muscle-head who works out every day for countless hours. How exactly is that accomplished, you ask?

Let’s say that our exercise buff isn’t the greatest purveyor of common sense on any given day. He throws caution to the wind and he lives with his hair on fire. Ignorance is blissfully supreme in his carefree universe. Actually, he lives like many folks live their lives … really stupidly!

We’ll name this cognoscente of capriciousness “Billy.” Billy drives around without his seatbelt. He claims that he’s a safe driver and that no government is going to tell him what he needs to do. His granddaddy and his daddy were never in an accident, and they drove for many decades. He doesn’t quite get the definition of accident. Someone might define it as “stuff happens.” Strap on that belt, Billy!

Billy likes to drive around dropped crossing gates at railroad tracks. He doesn’t like to be late for work because of some freight train. Most of the trains in his neighborhood are slow and cause drivers grief. MOST of the trains! There are a few that slip by at 60 m.p.h. How is your depth perception today, Billy?

Billy is not too keen on yellow and red lights at traffic signals. He tends to see mostly shades of green when approaching intersections. Plenty of other drivers also tend to see the greener side of those three adorable shining colors. Russian roulette is a game best never played, Billy!

Billy loves his new phone. Billy loves to know what his friends are doing at any given moment. Billy loves to text message. Billy loves to drive. If you put together the same Venn diagram I did, then you know that Billy is headed for trouble. Hang up and drive, Billy!

Billy needs new tires. Billy went to get an oil change, and the attendant noticed that Billy’s tires are bald. Billy has heard all this before. Billy figures a few thousand more miles can’t hurt. Billy is headed to the Lady Gaga concert and could use the extra dough for some dogs and suds at the arena. Billy has a blowout on the way there and wrecks the Hyundai. It was a great concert, Billy!

Silly Billy! All that hard work can be erased in the blink of an eye. Darwin did a little research on this thing called survival of the fittest. He wasn’t just talkin’ about brawn and biceps, Billy!

This health and fitness article is brought to you by the guy with the gigabyte girth. That guy is Ron Blake and his width is usually found in his tall tales. You can measure his success at rblake5551@hotmail.com.

Ron Blake

Ron Blake, a personal fitness trainer in Phoenix, has been training individuals and groups for 15 years. He has also coached high school cross-country and track teams in Indiana and California. He was born in Gary, Ind., and Indiana University awarded him bachelor and master's degrees (as long as he agreed to quietly leave the state!) Visit his website, www.myblakefitness.com for more information.

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