What blocks my good intentions?

All right, so here’s the question… If I KNOW what I should be doing for my health, why don’t I just DO it ? Why is it that it just doesn’t happen? Why can’t I get disciplined and become that gym dude that would burn the calories and strengthen my heart and lungs and make me healthier? What’s the source of discipline that other guys have, is it just competitiveness to look good, not be outdone by other guys? If “live and let live” is a good philosophy in interpersonal relations, why is it such a block to my own personal health? I really don’t understand it myself.… Did I really just have to join the Marine Corps to “become a man” and get control of myself? (It’s a little late for that NOW!)

Perry Karfunkel

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Dr. Perry Karfunkel is a physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and the vast majority of his patients are men. He is a general Internist and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Society of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Men’s Health Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society and was Vice-Chair of that committee in recent years. He holds an MD from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Yale. He is also particularly interested in the issue of barriers to men taking care of themselves in ways they themselves know they should.

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