How Well Will You Hold Up If It Hits The Fan?
Face it, we are all getting older. With age, things stop working as well and when they break, they take longer to fix, if they can be fixed at all. And of course, if we don't take care, more things will break. I'm in my mid-40s. I'm far from being the 163 pound teenaged Marine that I was at one time. I'm not even the 185 pound young cop fresh from the academy that I used to be. The job that I've had for the last 5 1/2 years is pretty sedentary, and I love to eat (ice cream is a major weakness). I've had to order a new kilt for the fall Celtic festival season because my older ones seem to have shrunk considerably. Deep down, if I have to do something, I usually can, it just takes me a lot longer. In boot camp, I ran 3 miles in just over 21 minutes. With an extra 120 pounds and no training, I can jog/fastwalk/stagger a 5K race in about 48 minutes last time I tried. I can tote and move heavy things, but I see spots afterward and hurt for a couple of days.
It can't go on like that. Things ain't getting any better out there, and I think that I need to fix myself so that I am ready to take care of my family when things go down the tubes. Will I ever be a lean, mean fighting machine or 165 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal again? Nope. But I am losing weight and getting back into a semblance of shape.
Last week, I went to the eye doctor, dentist and regular doctor, none of which have I seen on a regular basis. All in all, everything was pretty good, but there are a few things I need to work on to stay healthy, and I now have the motivation to do it.
What else am I doing? I've joined a gym near my work. So far, I've been going on a regular basis and doing a circuit course. I had forgotten how good exercise can feel. I've also started following my caloric intake. I have the free app, "Lose It" on my phone, and it makes it very easy track what I eat. I'm down about 10 pounds over the past month and a half, and have about 80 more to go. The more I lose, the more motivated I am and the better I feel.
So, how's your health? If it could be better, what are you doing about it? If you truly think that bad times could come, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be as healthy as possible.