Let’s keep up with the #realtalk and discuss the issue of healthcare as it relates to exercising and eating right.
I have worked in health care as a technologist since 2004. I’d like to make yet another compelling case for taking care of your body NOW. Not in 10 years, not after your first health scare (which incidentally could be your last), not next week – NOW.
In my last post, I addressed choices. We as humans – especially Americans – are given so many choices in our daily lives. I think some of the reason choices are made in a mindless way is that we are creatures of habit, also we don’t immediately see the consequences of every action.
Allow me to give some perspective as someone who has seen the future.
I see you, an 80-year-old, who took good care of yourself. Ate farm to table, took daily walks, and stayed active – didn’t let your age or setbacks stop you from keeping up with your care.
You cost the least to insure. You save America a LOT of moolah in health care costs. And, when you step through the door of the doctor’s office where I work, you have better health outcomes, a better chance of healing from your setbacks, you have better mobility, you have healthy kids, healthy grandkids, and healthy great-grandchildren.
I also see you, 45-year-old who put your body through hell. Whether it was fast food, a sedentary lifestyle, too much tv/video games/ screen time, holding on to stress and bitterness. I see that you barely had the motivation to go to the doctor after a lifetime of soreness, achy bones, itchy skin, GI issues, and now diabetes. I see you ask for yet another pill on top of a long list of pills dying for relief.
This is a harsh reality, but if you are patient #2, and you are reading this: do yourself a solid and find a way – no matter what you have to go through – to care for yourself better. You may already be running down the typical list of reasons why you haven’t begun:
“My family has bad genes”. I have read your medical chart some of it is bad genes – a lot of it is inherited bad habits. Your choices aren’t helping you stave off the affects of those bad genes.
“My knees/back/shoulders etc hurt”. Modify! Get into a club/class/program, and modify. The least you can do is the most you can do. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Go ahead and test your limitations. Just don’t quit.
“I just don’t have the motivation”. Motivation is not a prerequisite to movement.
“What should I do”? Move your body. If you like tv – watch it while you’re on the treadmill/row machine/stationary bike. If you like to dance – pop on youtube and do your thing. If you want to punch everyone in the head – box! There are SO many ways you can move your body in ways that work for you. Just stop telling yourself that only body builders and personal trainers workout. Lots of every day people do. All you have to do is move.
“I’m too busy”. You will have less time to live by not working out – trust me, this one pays off in the end and also in the during.
“I can’t afford it” – It costs nothing to take a walk or hike. Fresh produce is priced lower per pound than meat. Water is free. Do the best you can with what you have. Planning meals cost SO much less than eating out – even eating fast food these days is expensive!
“It’s too difficult” – So is living in constant pain.
“There is temptation everywhere”. I know! We are in this together. If I can’t help you, someone else can. Find them – and reach out.
If you can think of another excuse – treat it as just that – an excuse! We either make excuses or we make a way. I’m telling you this out of love. I tell this to my children often. Eating right and moving your body doesn’t automatically mean everyone gets a long life and dies of old age, but it makes the life you do have that much more enjoyable.
Please understand that if this post hurt your feelings it’s because it resonated with you- all it takes is one foot in front of the other. One choice at a time – one day at a time. Your body is a gift and if you treat it as one – your mind will start to recognize it as one.