We know; it’s a pretty alarming and morbid blog title.  But in a recent report, the National Center of Health Statistics found the top 15 killers of Americans (most of which are health-related):

1. Diseases of heart
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma)
4. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
5. Accidents (any injuries that are unintentional)
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes mellitus
8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
9. Influenza and pneumonia
10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
11. Septicemia
12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
14. Parkinson’s disease
15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids

So what can we learn from this?

If you take a good hard look at the list, you’ll find that six of the 15 reasons for death can be caused from lack of exercise and poor diet (diseases of the heart, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis, hypertension).  The list is a sobering one—but it’s a list that many Americans need to see.

Doctors recommend only 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity as well as two strength training sessions a week in order to stay healthy.  That’s a total of only 2 hours and 15 minutes a week to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s not a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.  That’s two episodes of your favorite television show.  Are you willing to commit a short amount of your time to working out to avoid facing this list?  We hope so.

We look at this opportunity in two different ways.  One way is to do it on your own.  Take control of your life by exercising daily, eating proper foods and drinking a lot of water.  But not everybody has this much discipline or self-control.

For those who struggle, we have another way to get fit and avoid the scary list.  It may be time to get Hitch Fit.  Yes, Hitch Fit is a program that you must be 100% committed too—but every American needs to be committed to health to some degree.  If you’re one of those who seem to be falling further and further into an unhealthy lifestyle, take a look at this sobering list again.  What are you willing to risk?