從以前到現在，我在生活中就常常聽到一些同樣的問題，"為什麼你要健身，把自己搞 得那麼累呀？" "這又沒錢可以賺，幹嘛那麼認真？" ，很多人可能會認為健身只是為了身體的肌肉線條，其實不然，當有人問我同樣的問題時，往往我都不知道怎麼回答，因為不太會闡述心裡的話，最近我在看一本健 身雜誌時，"當代健身之父"Joe Weider有寫了一篇文章，剛好寫出我心裡的話，我打出來與大家分享，是英文，我不會翻譯，我打原文。
If you’ve been working out for any length of time, you’re well aware of the tangible benefits of a fit lifestyle. You have improved cardio-respiratory function. You’re stronger, leaner, and faster. You have more energy to tackle the day.
But what may not be quite so obvious are the intangible advantages you gain from a life dedicated to the pursuit of fitness. There are days, of course, where your training seems easy – you’re able to power up an extra twenty pounds on the bench press, or maybe you feel like you’re floating on a cushion of air on your daily run.
But often, training is hard work. These are the days when you have to force yourself out of bed and out the door to the gym or on your run. These are the times when, at the end of a long workday, you just want to put your feet up and watch TV. But you go to the gym, or you go swimming, or you ride your stationary bike. These are difficult days, but they are the days when you prove you have a fire within that will carry you through the toughest of times.
By striving for health and fitness, you gain an inner peace knowing that you’re committed to working hard for a worthy goal. And you can carry yourself with a calm, quiet confidence, knowing that you can tackle adversity in all aspects of your life because you have the discipline to carry on.
One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt spoke of the value of a “strenuous life.” He said that the highest form of success “comes not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” Roosevelt suffered life-threatening asthma attacks as a child, but through rigorous exercise he became a model of physical strength. His words ring as true now, on the 21st century, as they did a century ago.