Sunday, January 17, 2010
After being in the house sick for most of the last 10+ days, it was wonderful just to go grocery shopping today. I forced myself to walk up and down all of the isles just to work in some exercise. Altogether, I walked for about an hour at a moderate pace. The downside was that when I got home I was so tired! Hopefully that will mean that I'll sleep good tonight. After this bout with stomach flu, a sinus infection and a bad back, I have much more respect for my body. I need to make sure that I retain this level of respect in the future.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well wouldn't you know that after writing a blog about taking my body for granted, I'd get sick. I've been lax with my water aerobics due to the cold weather and haven't tracked my food as much as I should. Add to that mountains of stress and voila - a weakened body that picks up illness. It just goes to show that you really have to watch what you do and listen to your body carefully.
If you don't think you know how or are out of tune with your body, just start with baby steps. Do one new thing per week. First drinking water and keeping track of it. (Yes, I'm counting that as one thing because if you don't keep track, you won't know the amount of water you've consumed.) Second, exercise at least 10 minutes per day and track it. Third, work on your sleeping habits. Try for 7 hours per night at first and increase it when you can. (Again, try to keep track.) You may have noticed that I didn't start with food. If you don't get the water, exercise and rest in line, the food won't be in line either. As you pay closer attention to what you eat, try to track it on the food tracker. Pay attention to food content. It is key to health.
You may also want to do a personal daily feedback for a month. This is something that I did years ago when I found that I was getting sick all the time. It was suggested by my doctor. Every day for a month, I wrote several times a day on an inexpensive calendar. (You can run one off at SP or online) I included how much I slept, the weather, stress factors, eating habits, exercise, where I was in my menstrual cycle, allergy factors, how I felt physically/mentally etc. After a while a pattern started to emerge. It was like a solar eclipse. When certain factors lined up/happened at the same time, boom! - I got sick. I was delighted when I first joined Spark People and noticed that I can track all of these things, right here! The information really helps me to know what is going on with my body.
So, as I continue to recuperate, let this be a reminder that I shouldn't take my body and my health for granted!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
How many times have I been so involved in activities that I've ignored my body? In this season of hustle, bustle, colds and flu, I often find myself taking my body and my health for granted. I can remember once saying to my doctor, in a joking fashion, just give me an antibiotic so I can carry on at my usual breakneck pace. Hello? Is that what I really want to do? Well, at the time I'm embarrassed to say, the answer was yes! I just wanted my body to work efficiently with very little input from me.
I only get to go through this life once, so why am I taking my body and my health for granted? The body is an incredible thing. It's workings are nothing short of miraculous. If you don't believe me, try watching a film about birth - from the time of conception to the actual birth. It's amazing. Sometimes we forget everything that is involved in keeping our bodies in good running condition. The body requires fuel, water, exercise and rest. Whenever one of these is out of balance, it throws everything off. Too much or too little can affect the whole way the body functions. But on a daily basis, how many of us stop to think about that? I know that I don't.
We expect our bodies to function on command with very little thought about how what we chose to do affects the efficiency of the way our bodies naturally operate. How many of us think about cells growing/repairing, hearts beating, lungs breathing in and out, muscles working and brains functioning? There are probably not many of us who do this on a regular basis. So tomorrow morning when you get up, take a moment to be grateful for the body that you have. Take a moment to plan your day, taking into consideration the things that your body needs to function at top performance and then do it. Remember that your body is a precious gift and treat it accordingly.
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