So I see today trending on Twitter a story about how the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been fined by a judge from Oklahoma for its part in fuelling the opioid crises there.
In his ruling, he wrote that Johnson & Johnson had promulgated “false, misleading, and dangerous marketing campaigns” that had “caused exponentially increasing rates of addiction, overdose deaths” and babies born exposed to opioids.The New York Times
It’s scary to think that a family friendly maker of soap, shampoo and baby products was so focused on profits and greed that it allowed people to become addicted to its drugs.
Think about it, if you’re a legal drug maker and get people addicted to your product then you can continue to make sales well into the future.
And this is yet another reason why I take responsibility for my own and that of my families health and fitness.
The benefits of eating well 70-80% of the time whilst exercising regularly have been well documented.
But for me it’s more than that.
I moved to the country and got myself an allotment in my early forties because I was sick and tired of the negative effects on my health from city life.
Which is weird when you consider I’m from Milton Keynes – a city full of green open spaces.
And what effects me effects my family.
Plus the mental health benefits of owning and looking after an allotment garden go way beyond what I can write in a blog post.
Put it this way: I go there are often as I can because it has the most calming effect on my mind that I’ve discovered to date.
I share these experiences because I want to inspire you to take responsibility not only for your own health and fitness but ultimately for your own happiness.
If you lived in Oklahoma these past few years would you have succumbed to Johnson & Johnson’s shenanigans and become an addict?
Hopefully not but you can certainly avert health disaster by moving more, learning how to cook nutritious meals quickly and efficiently and adopting pastimes that make you happy.
If you’d like me to coach you at live classes check out my group PT sessions.
If you prefer working out at home check out my online gym.