By Flea - Be A Survivor
There is an old saying that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. This statement is true to the extent that if you’re sickly no amount of money or anything else for that matter will make you happy. Good health is the foundation your survival regimen should be based on.
Like any good house the foundation must be strong because if it isn’t the whole structure will come crashing down around you. Think of our bodies as a house or even a vehicle, take good care of it, perform your scheduled maintenance and there is no reason you can’t drive it 300,000 miles. Unless you are extremely unlucky (we all know the health nut that had a heart attack jogging at age 35 – not much you can do there) your body is the same way.
Don’t abuse your body, perform regular maintenance, exercise, eat “healty-ish” (I struggle, oh how I love food – especially the bad stuff) and you should still be fit as a mule when you die peacefully in your sleep at 95ish or so.
What are the big no-no’s?
Smoking, drinking, stress, drugs, promiscuity to name just a few will put you at risk. Too much of any one thing will most likely prove bad for you over the long haul. Hey we all have vices; I struggled with smoking for years…just try and keep them to a minimum. If you can do that you will have given yourself a fighting chance.
What can you do to keep yourself healthy?
Take a multi-vitamin once daily, most of us DO NOT eat a balanced diet and this will help with preventing and vitamin or mineral deficiencies in your body.
Exercise daily by doing around 20 minutes or so of a cardiovascular routine. Anything that gets you heart pumping and your arms and legs moving will suffice (walking, biking, tennis, swimming, etc.).
Try and keep the diet reasonable. Eat lots of veggies and fruit, nuts, chicken and fish. Try and keep the red meat and fried foods down to an occasionally treat if you can. I know how hard this one is trust me as I LOVE to eat.
Go for a yearly checkup to you doctor. Have them do a complete workup on your blood so you know if you have any issues with cholesterol or something like that. Prevention is key here; let the doctor look you over REALLY good.
MEN, I know this is a touchy subject BUT if you are over 40 that yearly checkup should include checking your prostate (yes, you and the doctor will be very good friends). Men should also make sure to check their testicles for any abnormalities or lumps often.
WOMEN should get their OBGYN tests done every year as well and make sure to check their breasts for lumps often, early detection is key with breast cancer.
Take care of your teeth! Not only are bad teeth painful BUT they can cause infections that are DIRECTLY linked to heart attack and stroke. Yes, not taking care of your teeth can kill you. So brush THREE times a day, floss at least once a day and visit your dentist TWICE a year for a checkup.
Lastly, everyone should chill out a bit. People get way to excited over things and that leads to stress. Stress can kill you faster than a bullet to the back of the head if you aren’t careful. Don’t let everything bother you and take things as they come in stride. Your mental well being will benefit and your body will appreciate it as well.
Health is the foundation your entire survival program should be built on. Do something to improve your health and start today!
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