07 May 2009

Contemplating a need for wellness?

A good portion of the population contemplates most of their life's decisions. Many easily say on a day to day basis:

I want to get in shape.
I want to be stress free.
I want to eat better.
I want to stop smoking.
I want to manage a chronic health issue that I have.
I want to be healthier than the rest of my family.
And many also interchange the word "want" with "plan."

Contemplation is to meditate, to intend. So it's a healthy start. But it needs to be implemented to have significance. Don't stay on the outskirts of the horizon..... Get into the action.

Many people think that because they can eventually get out of the bed every morning, and get to work, to make their paycheck, get home to feed the children, clean up the house, and pay the bills... they are doing ok. No need for any improvements???

Some people believe that when you reach 40, you should start to slow down. Wow. 40 is not even half of your life and why would you want to go down hill at that point?? Have you lived a fulfilling life already by age 40? Perhaps you think so because you just don't feel good and you just "feel" like you are slowing down anyway.

Some people believe 50 is entering middle age, and time to start to think about nursing homes and funeral costs. At age 50, many of us have teenagers, and if you are ready to start throwing in the towel so soon, how will you enjoy the next 25 years of your children's lives, milestones, achievements (since you easily want to forget about your own)?

Time to ditch those old-fashioned primitive mindsets, and realize we are in the year 2009, and the new ideal is WELLNESS. Life starts over at 50. There is fun to be had by everyone. If you have teenagers, you can be right by their side running, swimming, laughing, feeling very healthy and happy!! We have an immense amount of knowledge and know-how to enable us to feel fantastic and live very WELL, into our 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s! And even past that!

Here are some key questions that one should answer:

1. Do you smoke?
2. Do you find it hard to exercise at least 3 times a week, a minimum of 1 hour a day? Or everyday for at least 30 minutes a day?
3. Do you climb stairs and feel winded?
4. Do you eat a lot of processed, fried, fast and not so nutritious foods?
5. Do you have anyone in your family that was diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, metabolic syndrome, macular degeneration, or any other serious health issue?
6. Do you catch frequent colds?
7. Do you have aches, pains, swollen joints?

If you have answered yes to even one of these, then it's time to realize that you need to make some very necessary changes in your wellness program, or perhaps you need to finally implement one. These are a few of many questions that truly matter. If you answer yes to any of these questions, and also decide to leave things as they are, then you are choosing to gamble with your health.

If you can make efforts to keep your house organized and your car well maintained, you should definitely put YOUR well-being at the top of your priority list, otherwise what's the point in having a nice house and a nice car?

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