"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
This quote is so full of truth. The unfortunate part of this is that I'm writing about it as a cancer survivor. I'm sure many of us have heard through the years of the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. Some of you in your twenties will read this and, feeling invincible, will simply shrug your shoulders and think you will live forever.
As you get older.........perhaps get married and start a family, the importance of taking care of yourself becomes a little more important. After all......you have little ones to take care of. But the business of everyday life gets in the way, and there never seems to be the time to get out and exercise regularly, nor the opportunity to make a home cooked meal using fresh and nutritious ingredients. It's easier to buy ready made food that you can just shove in the oven.
By the time you get into your forties, and if you haven't seen the evidence yet, the signs of the rat race you have been leading are showing. This is the time the stress levels are at their peak. It's the time to get promoted at work. This may mean extra hours to make that good impression. Meanwhile your marriage is going through its own mid life crisis, and the kids are in their teens.........Sometimes there are ailing parents or relatives to care for as well.
All this stress build up can cause havoc on the body...Which brings me back to the quote at the beginning of this blog. As a cancer survivor, I always think of the many ways I may have been able to prevent cancer from happening to me. I look back at the choices I have made, some of the undo stress I put on myself, and the shorcuts to nutritious meals I never had time to make. Yeah I exercised, but there were a number of years that I was a workaholic and did nothing else but devote my life to the job. When I had three young girls under six years of age, my exercise was sporadic at best.
And so here I am today asking you to take in the lessons that I have learned the hard way, and start treating your body with respect. The younger you start this, the better. Although I had a very good diet when I was growing up, I encourage you to introduce good eating habits to your children at a young age. Starting a family exercise regimen is also crucial to forming the habits early on for regular sports activity.
Balance is the key. Be kind to your mind, body and soul. If you can't; unblock the barriers in the road that prevent you from doing so. Cultivate your relationships, and see the good in everyone. They will not only appreciate you, but you will get those positive vibes back tenfold.
So get out those running shoes and start walking or running. Do it regularly.
Take care of yourself. You are worth it!