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A Stark Lesson: Listen to Your Body!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

There's a guy I know about ten years older than me. Always in good physical shape. Heck, in his prime, he was literally an Olympic level athlete. While diagnosed with high blood pressure, he was on medication, and otherwise in great health.

He got on a super-fitness kick recently because a job change that meant more travel/less routine made him feel like he was getting too sedate. He was working out with a trainer...THEN going out and doing more exercise. A couple weeks ago after doing this, his body was so sore he had to crawl down his stairs.

His body was sending him a message He didn't listen.

This week in my area there was high heat and humidity. Temps in the 90s with heat index raising it over 100. News reports would say do not do strenuous activity in the middle of the day. He didn't listen.

He went out to play tennis in the early afternoon with his girlfriend. While doing warm-up lobs, he said he didn't feel good and sat down on the court. She went to get him some water and returned to find him collapsed. He never got back up.

He passed away Friday afternoon leaving a loving family and numerous friends.

One of the things they stress here at spark is to "listen to your body". If you're pushing yourself too much, slow down. If you're injured, heal. (If you're eating, pause to listen to know when you're full!) There's a spark article here by Coach Nicole of ways to listen:

This is a lesson to ALWAYS remember, whether you're in great physical shape and fitness or struggling to start being fit under a lot of excess weight. Please don't be like my friend. RIP, you will be missed.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEEGIRL50 6/30/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon thank you for sharing the warning.

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PAMNANGEL 6/30/2013 6:48PM

    My family has known 2 individuals that did the same thing. Prime of their lives, ate right, exercised...went jogging midday in too hot weather. I'm sorry for your loss.

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PINKYYSUEE 6/30/2013 2:39PM

    I'm so sorry about your friend...but it is a good lesson to remember...

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MARYALICE61 6/30/2013 1:43PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss - this is so sad.

Thank you for sharing this very informative blog post!

Have a blessed day.

Mary Alice

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ARCHAEOGAL 6/30/2013 1:38PM

    I'm so sorry emoticon

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GWTRIKER 6/30/2013 1:35PM

    I am sorry for your loss.

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JUNEAU2010 6/30/2013 11:03AM

    Very good reminder especially with the extreme heat in the west.

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