Friday, November 7, 2008

Health in Perspective

Why spend so much energy focusing on your health? After all, we're all going to die of something one day. And it can often take so much effort to do all the right things you know you're supposed to do ... like exercising, eating healthier foods, don't overeat, don't smoke, eat your vegetables.


I'm sure you've heard it many times.


But let's put our health into perspective. Learning to take care of yourself can be one of the best lessons you can learn.


After all, if you don't feel well ... it can be hard to do well. Even if you have the skills and talent to do something, what happens if you have no energy to do it?

Once you have a few health habits in place, it doesn't have to take so much of your time to keep it up.

I enjoy motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. I remember listening to him as he described the concept of priming the pump. If you think of an old fashioned pump, it takes a lot of effort to get the water flowing at first. You must pump hard and consistently. But once the pump is primed and the water is flowing, it takes so much less effort to keep it going. But, if you stop ...it goes back to the beginning and you have to start the priming process all over again.

Think of your body that way. You start doing exercise but ...it's so hard. Well, you're priming the pump. Once exercising becomes a habit, it becomes easier and you don't have to even think about doing it. As I've said before, you wouldn't leave your house without brushing your teeth. Don't leave your house without doing your exercise.

As the weekend is fast approaching, why not take the time to go for a walk or ride your bicycle? How about visiting your local farmer's market and buying some fresh fruits and vegetables. Let's start priming our pump and keep it going!



What choices will you make this weekend to stay healthy?

9 comments:

  1. Debbie,

    Great post my friend! You make me want to prime my pump for sure!

    Blessings to you!

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  2. I've heard that comment, "we're all going to die of something" several times in my practice, but rarely from older people.

    Taking care of yourself may or may not help you live longer, but probably will increase the quality and enjoyment of the time you have.

    Thanks

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  3. Well, we decided to do all our shopping tonight so the weekend will be free for us to go on a family walk around our favourite lake. :D

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  4. I love Zig Ziglar also! I can live on fruits...... great reminder here.

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  5. Nice post--quite enjoyable and motivational.

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  6. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Blessings from Costa Rica

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  7. very good analogy, I am a pump primer and I need to start pumping again, I got off track because I had bronchitis that would cause me to cough so bad during exercise. I thought people were looking at me at the gym and wondering why I did not stay home being sick- I felt fine I was just coughing. I need to get back to the gym, thank you for reminding me.

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