I love me some reality TV as a form of escapism. Come on, watching the Real Housewives of whatever city is relaxing! Recently, however, I discover that being an occasional coach potato can be inspiring to my health as well.
Watch a few episodes of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” on Monday nights and you will see obese adult’s sheer will and determination overcome years and years of physical idleness. While I watch these contestants workout, for what I heard is six or more hours a day, it reminds me how hard and far you can push yourself no matter at what level or age you start. (Of course, they are under a doctor’s care but you can be, too.) You can see them transform and grow and enjoy the process along the way, freer somehow.
At the other end of the inspirational spectrum is the magnitude of physical prowess in the competition “American Ninja Warrior” (also on NBC). This show follows competitors, in what is billed as the “world’s most difficult” obstacle course, compete with people from all over the world. (One of the final rounds was held in Denver.)The athletes, who usually work a “normal” full-time job, usually excel at rock climbing and parkour (a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from obstacle course training) as they challenge themselves physically and mentally. This show just looks like fun. These contestants seem to be having a great time as they push themselves in front of a TV audience. Because they are enjoying the fun of working out, even when they fail to finish the course, they have a smile on their face.
Both shows follow real people as they push themselves farther than they thought possible. Both shows challenge me to get of the couch and be fearless and BOLD. There are many set backs but no failures because they tried…and then tried again.
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