Lurking in almost everyone’s house, the couch is a menace to Spartans and athletes across the globe. It beckons to us as we try to leave to go for a run, whispering seductively, “Just a little rest won’t hurt you.” As we walk out the door on the way to the gym it calls, “Why go now? Why not watch TV instead?”
Its pleas are tempting. Comfy cushions entice us to give up on our goals in exchange for a quick nap. Is the couch really your enemy? Really? It just sits patiently in your living room waiting to comfort you after a hard day. Maybe you are enjoying your couch right now.
Yes, its allure is undeniable, but you have the choice not to give in to it. In that choice lies your power–your Spartan power. For no Spartan ever gave in to the couch. No Spartan ever chose rest over exertion. No Spartan ever preferred luxury to indubitable self-reliance. No Spartan ever wanted to relax rather than engage in brutal, sweaty, dirty physical exercise.
According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. ”At least 60% of the world’s population fails to complete the recommended amount of physical activity required to induce health benefits,” says the World Health Organization
So, next time you think about getting comfy on the couch and taking a break from your exercise program, think about what you’re really giving up: your commitment to be the best you can be.
Why not be a Spartan and get off the couch instead?