Does your health come first?

healthYou’ve heard people say “Without your health, you have nothing”.  Those six words hold so much truth.

If you don’t have your health there are limitations.  I can vouch for that in a big way.   Thankfully I have been able to embrace my dis-ease called Multiple Sclerosis and live life to the best of my abilities.  Many others in the same situation as I am choose to sit in a corner and mope through their existence.  That doesn’t sit well with me.

Being healthy is so important and staying healthy should be your number one goal.  I have made health my number one goal for many years now and I can honestly say that if you took my MS out of the equation I am healthier now than I have ever been.  I’m talking about blood pressure, cholesterol levels, hormone levels, quality rest, peace of mind, low stress, happiness etc.

When you look around and pay close attention you will see that most of society is striving for financial success, celebrity status, material possessions and the like.  In striving for this wealth most are not paying attention to their health.  They are not eating properly as processed food is quick and easy in this fast paced life.  They are not getting enough exercise, quality rest, quiet time in meditation etc.  Health is on the back burner.

In striving for optimum health there are things that need to be included in the equation.

1.  YOU TIME – This is often difficult to maintain but is so important to your health and well being.  If you are constantly on the go and trying to multi-task as you go, your body is in a constant state of stress.  This is so unhealthy.  Schedule time for yourself every day whether it be a yoga class, a half hour of meditation, reading a book, walking in nature.  We all need time away from the stresses of day to day life to just breathe.  Learning to say “NO” is necessary to finding “you time”.   You don’t have to do everything and be everything to everybody else.

2.  NUTRITION – Fueling your body with the best nutrition every day is so important.  In this stress filled society people are living on coffee and vending machine processed chemical laden junk or drive through window fast foods.  Your body and mind will give you so much more if you would just put the right fuel in.  It’s like putting premium fuel in your car…you will get better mileage and your car will perform better.  Same goes for your body.  Start your day with a good breakfast of fresh fruit and complex carbohydrates that include fiber and protein.  If you are working outside of the home, pack a nutritious lunch to enjoy at the office rather than grabbing the garbage food readily available in the cafeteria.  Come home at night to a well balanced dinner which should include a large salad loaded with fresh raw vegetables and protein.  There are so many healthy things you can stock up on to have on the go such as raw nuts, cut up veggies, hummus, fresh fruit etc.  Don’t put anything into your body that isn’t benefiting your health.

3.  EXERCISE – Not everyone has time or resources to join a gym.  Quite frankly you don’t need a gym to get exercise into your daily health regime.  You can certainly walk more.  Park your car further away from the door you need to get to and walk the distance.  Join a walking or running group.  Get a yoga DVD and do it at home.  There are so many ways to incorporate a bit more movement in your day.

4.  DRINK PURE WATER – Staying hydrated is very important to the functioning of your organs.  You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

5.  QUALITY SLEEP –  Most of society is sleep deprived which affects how our bodies function and definitely affects health.  Striving for 8 hours of sleep a night is a goal you should be aiming for.  Turn the television off and the computer off at night and get to bed at a decent time.  Studies have shown the best sleep is before midnight.  Bed by 10:00 p.m. and out of bed by 6:00 a.m. seems to be the perfect scenario.

Nothing in this world is more important than your health.  Make it a priority and everything else will fall into place.  Your health affects everything else in your life.  Don’t wait until a health issue is on your door step.

Here is a good question to ask yourself.  “Do I want to enjoy golf and/or tennis in my retirement or do I want to be in and out of a hospital in my retirement?”  The right answer to this question is pretty obvious.

Health is wealth!

 

 

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