Health is so much more than healthcare. Good mental health requires that I actively practice care procedures from meditation to medication. Weight control means that I need to be aware of what I am eating. Great cardio means that I must do something every day to raise my heart rate. My flossing and brushing improves my oral health. When I use sun protection helps reduce skin problems. My health is partially (mostly) my responsibility. I can’t delegate to a system or professionals full responsibility for my well being. I am involved and when I don’t accept responsibility there are consequences.
I don’t always practice what I preach and can find myself skipping the sun screen or not going for a run but I need to accept the consequences for inaction too. In my seventh decade (now 60 years old) I am more curious about how I can improve and maintain my body functions and reduce damaging activities than I was in my indestructible 20s, 30s, and 40s. The curiousity has sent me searching for better practices and better self monitoring of things like blood pressure and calorie intake. Technology has helped measure and record sleep and activity levels and offers advise when these are out of parameters. I am more aware of aches and pains and don’t always ‘play through’ them. Taking a day off from exercise to recover is actually good for your body (it turns out).
I am not a health professional, who knows and understands the human body but as I observe and pay attention I am becoming way better at understanding my human body.
Make Today Remarkable, by taking care of yourself,