The principles here can, and probably will, apply to many facets of your life. What brings this topic to mind is a recent train of thoughts I’ve had about health in general.
While health insurance may make things more affordable, it by no means makes them cheap. Deductibles and premiums tear at your wallet as you react to various health concerns that may arise at any given moment.
No, I won’t be analyzing financial impacts of health, but the principle is the same. When we fail to be proactive with our health, we are then forced into a reactive mode. This ultimately drives us to make decisions we may have otherwise not had to make.
Let’s just take a small peek at pills. As we age, it’s more common to see people take medication for things ranging from heart issues to muscular issues to mental and skeletal issues to name a few. I’m not here to say everything is preventable, but I am a firm believer that we can control our general direction of health over time.
Notwithstanding things that may be genetic or hereditary, we can vastly influence how our body responds to the issues it will experience over time.
So what choices can you be proactive about?
Eat Healthy. This doesn’t mean avoid anything greasy or sweet or delicious. It simply means enjoy it in moderation. I’m a sucker for Panda Express. It’s arguably one of the least healthy and least authentic forms of Chinese cuisine. I like it though. Do I eat it every day? No. Do I eat it even every month? Nope. I’m fairly sure I only eat Panda Express two to three times per year.
Be Active. A few more steps each hour can go a long way. (No pun intended). Staying active and moving is not only good for your heart but it’s also good for your joints. Don’t push past your limits, but make sure you’re continuing to progress in your level of activity.
Sleep! This is really important. When you sleep your body recovers. You give your entire system the rest it needs to take the next day head on. Not to mention all the extremely great mental benefits from a good night sleep!
No matter what you do, make sure you’re proactive about your health and leas reactive. Pay attention to family history and start making smart choices that will influence your health for the good in both short term and long term.