I’m sure Suresh Joachim brings pride to his fellow Sri Lankans – just like Ashrita Furman brings pride to the faces of Americans everywhere.

After all, Suresh’s accomplishments led him to be featured on the “Live with Regis and Kelly” show for two days in a row. Which is probably two days in a row more than you’ve ever been on the show.

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Suresh, you see, is a world record holder. Specifically, he holds the world record for the longest amount of time sitting on a couch watching TV.

Oh, and by “watching TV”, I mean actually watching the television. No looking around, no checking your phone, no resting your eyes. Just watching TV, like people used to do in the olden days.

He did this for 69 hours and 48 minutes, smashing the previous world record by nearly a day. If that’s not enough, he did it by only watching shows on the ABC Network (hence the spots on Regis and Kelly).

If couch potato were an Olympic sport, Suresh would hands down win the gold medal. He’s like the Michael Jordan of doing nothing.

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The Discomfort of Feedback

As my wife and I always often sometimes say to each other, the hardest thing about exercise is starting it.

Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it.

Ergo, your body lying on the couch eating Cheetos until your skin turns orange will stay lying on the couch eating Cheetos until an outside force powerful enough forces you to put down the family pack of Cheetos, get up and move.

Let’s face it, when you’re used to not staying fit (mentally and physically), it’s so easy to continue not staying fit. Changing your behavior to one of health and fitness takes effort.

It takes discomfort.
It takes listening to your body’s feedback of where you’re failing and facing up to things you don’t want to face up to.

The person who automatically resorts to lying their life away on the couch (literally or figuratively) often believes that it’s the lying away their life that will make them happy.

It won’t.

Like every other animal on earth, the human body is at its peak state when it is healthy and fit.

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