Are You Busy Living?
Exercise improves your odds to live a long and healthful life. Not only do you feel better, you also minimize the need to access the outrageously expensive US healthcare system.
When it comes to our wellness, life is partially a game of chance. There are no guarantees, hence the need for health insurance. Any of us could be victim of a genetic disorder, accident, natural disaster, or communicable disease. However, what topples too many of us and drives soaring healthcare costs are self-inflicted chronic diseases.
When you feel too lazy to exercise, just remember this Navajo saying: “Coyote waits and coyote is always hungry.” U.S. healthcare system is that hungry coyote, scrubbed and waiting to consume more and more of our personal income and national wealth.
Think about wellness as a bell curve, with all of us somewhere inside of it. Along the bottom axis, we go through life from birth to death, in various stages of health along the way. The dotted line demarcates the transition from well to sick. “H” is hospitalization.
Looking at the left side of the curve, you see usually the younger you are, the better your basic health will be because your body is newer and has endured less wear and tear (oxidative stress). In the natural order of things, by the time we’re older, we all start drifting to the right across the dotted line where medical problems will occur at some point. However, how fast you cross the line is largely dependent on lifestyle choices, especially our level of physical activity and the food you eat.
Crossing the line to the right does not have to be a straight, irreversible, one-way journey to disease and suffering. Our bodies are very resilient if we give them a fighting chance. Often consistent exercise and eating nutritious real food, in combination with medical interventions when necessary, can transport you back across the dotted line to wellness.
At Cascade Boomer Fitness, we’re busy living. Join us!
Adapted from The Wellness Club: A Journey to Health Beyond Healthcare by David and Cynda Adamson. Available at Amazon.