There are a whole lot of people my age who aren’t very healthy. This was driven home to me when I ended up in an urgent care facility with a badly cut finger last week. (It’s healing nicely, thank you.) I kept seeing people roughly my age who were just sick and seemed to have given up.
Thinking about it today I realize that I am more healthy many around me who are in their 70s or so. Sure part of it is the good fortune of good genes, but there is I’m convinced more to it than that. As I look at how healthy I am, I see that some of it, maybe even most of it, is because of habits I’ve developed in the last decade or so.
I stopped smoking
Probably the biggest thing I did to get and stay healthy was quit smoking. It’s been more than a decade and although it was the hardest thing I ever did, I’m also very pleased with the results.
I meditate daily
Yes, I’m convinced that my daily, or almost daily meditation practice helps me stay healthy. Sometimes I sit with others, sometimes by myself. Recently I’ve been using guided meditations I find on YouTube. There’s something about being able to focus the mind and/or quiet the mind that seems to do many positive things for the meditator over time.
I exercise often and stay healthy
I’ve always been active. Twenty years ago I learned how to use a gym well. I’m often found in one, or in a swimming pool or walking in the neighborhood or elsewhere. When I slack off my body lets me know by putting on weight and feeling sluggish. Getting back to frequent exercise cures all that for me.
I eat well
I’ve found that eating keto, low carb, high protein and fat, eliminates most of my migraines. Also exploring Indian vegetarian. Eating well anyone can learn to do as long as we all realize when it comes to food one size does NOT fit all.
I’m in charge of how healthy I am
Yes, I also believe in doctors and modern medicine, but I know I’m responsible, when it comes down to it, for how healthy I am. I don’t always follow instructions and that has worked well for me. I read widely which helps. I trust my body and know I’m healthy; I’m convinced that one of the reasons I’m healthy is because I assume good health. My attitudes and beliefs have real influence.
So, what could you do this week to improve your health?
Write well and often,