The Art of Self-Improvement

The enemy of good is perfect

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Lately I've been trying to get to the gym more often, but of course the gym is full of people transferring germs onto equipment and, if I get sick, I'll stop working out. Anyway, I often feel both hungry and virtuous after the gym and there's a Whole Foods nearby where I can buy stuff that completely undermines whatever I've accomplished which makes me feel stressed, which is also bad for me. 
 
If you worry about your health, you're alarmed by everything. The symptoms of a heart attack are pretty much identical to the symptoms of anxiety about having a heart attack. 
 
And every day we're bombarded with more information. You should see the health guests I'm offered every day by P.R. firms.  Today I was pitched The author of WARRIOR CARDIO: The Revolutionary Metabolic Training System for Burning Fat, Building Muscle, and Getting Fit." Whatever that is.
 
AJ Jacobs tried to make sense -- and fun  -- of all this stuff. Which one worked better?
 
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Jim says: I try like crazy

Jim says:
I try like crazy to keep myself fit, and I don't go to a gym. My
goal is to get my pulse to between 120 and 160 beats per minute for one
hour a day, five days a week. For aerobics, I walk, split wood, mow the
lawn, or muck out horse stalls . . . anything that gets my pulse up. I
wear a pulse monitor which gives me a chance to make the workout into a
game, as A.J. said about the pedometer. (My motivation for exercise is
the fact that both my grandfather and my father died from heart attacks
before the age of 70.)
I also do 100 sit-ups and 50 push-ups a day, and I'm in pretty good
shape for a 59-year-old hot dog and potato chip lover!
I don't always eat as well as I should, but my bloodwork numbers are
good, and I LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEEE myself for loving myself enough to stay
relatively healthy!