I read an article the other day about how eating healthy is more important than exercising because you can’t “outrun a bad diet.” But I hate reading articles like this, because the truth is we need both, so it’s a stupid comparison in the first place.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, but no amount of healthy food will save you if you don’t move your body and maintain your muscle mass. Just ask Pam Peeke, who watched reality TV contestants “die” because they were too skinny-fat to save themselves in a simulated building fire.
And of the two — good exercise habits and good eating habits — Americans seem to struggle more with exercise. Word on the street: roughly 50% of people who start an exercise program will drop it within six months. In 2000, only 11% of the U.S. adult population reported doing at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity more than twice a week. The number may have improved since then, but it probably hasn’t.
The question of exercise adherence continues to baffle just about everybody… but it doesn’t baffle my friend Ashley.
Ashley has been a skateboarder for as long as I’ve known her. We first met 10 years ago, when I was an intern at a magazine and she was our printer rep. She’s still a successful marketing professional, no doubt at a busier point in her career than ever. Yet she still skates (and is super-fit).
One night over tacos, I asked her how she makes time for it. Her response was that it’s simply part of her identity.
She is a skater.