Most mornings there are a lot of things I want to do when work permits. Read, blog, eat breakfast, do chores around the house, etc.
Driving 25 minutes each way to the YMCA when gas is hovering at $5 a gallon and spending an hour wearing myself out and getting sweaty? That isn't all that much fun, although I do feel good when I finish it. It is a significant time commitment, around 2 hours all in, and often I have work to do when I get done so my day can get away from me in a hurry.
Why bother? It is a pain in the ass and often it seems like I don't see the progress as quickly as I want.
The first "why" is pretty straightforward. Working out improves my general condition. I feel better and I look better. I sure as shit didn't like the way I looked last year at this time. When I see men my age or even a lot younger who are soft and fat, it is gross and I don't want to look like that, flabby arms, a big gut and double or triple chins.
The other reason?
It seems more and more likely by the day that things are going to go tits up sooner rather than later. When it does, people who are fat, weak and out of shape are going to be prey animals for predators.
Last fall I wrote in my post A Lean, Mean Blogging Machine:
So I found myself in a place and condition I didn't like and I felt kind of hypocritical about my neglect of my physical fitness while talking about TEOTWAWKI. In a post-cataclysm world I don't want to be out of shape and trying to adapt to a drastically lower calorie intake. Believe me, your body goes through a withdrawal stage when you radically change your eating habits and you don't want that when things go tits up.
When the rules of civil society break down, and they will, and men with a predilection for violence and lawlessness are unleashed, and they will be, those men of violence will go after the low hanging fruit first (more on this soon). If you are a lion, are you going to go after nearly one ton of angry muscle and horn Cape buffalo or a zebra?
This message is at least as much for me as it is for you. The work you and I put it now will pay off when the SHTF and failing to do the work now will have disastrous results when it goes off the rails.
The choice each day is yours to make.