Friday, March 30, 2007

Are You Turning 30 But Feeling 50?

When you awake early in the morning for your shower do you look in the mirror and say to yourself, 'Who is that guy?' Looking back at you is this slumped shouldered, puffy eyed stranger with a chest that has slipped below his waist, and muscles that have turned flabby. Welcome to the real life! When we were younger and still in college we didn't give a lot of thought our health. Why should we, we could party all night and play all day. When we stared our first job we didn't think twice about meeting our buddies for cocktails or hustling hot looking chicks. So what if we didn't get to bed until 3:00 a.m.? we were up at 6:00a.m.and ready to go! With a stop a Burger King for their "Enormous Omelet Sandwich" we were ready to face the world. Food was just fuel, so we filled up on what was available and cheap. On weekends we wanted to relax so rather than jog or play basketball as we use too, we would gather at the couch with our good buddies to watch football or basketball, have a few brews, chips and maybe a pizza. We earned it. Sex was still great, although we did think now and then that maybe Viagra might help us maintain the pace. Sex can be almost like work sometimes. It is not long before things seem to change. As we approach our thirties we notice that some of our friends are getting married, others are changing jobs and moving away, and some have just changed their priorities and don't get together as much.

This might be a good time for a reality check? At sometime in our life we need that, usually the earlier the better. Remember when you or your friends use to say they would never end up like their dad, with a pot belly and high blood pressure? Life has a way of sneaking up on us. Just when you think you have the world by the ass everything turns to crap. A good practice is to ask yourself, "what kind of life do I expect ten years from now" Are you going to burn the candle at both ends and hope for luck or are you going to adjust your lifestyle? Are you going to become that man in the mirror who looks back at you and says, "Help me"? That doesn't mean you can't meet with your friends for a drink or watch basketball on the weekend or even give up fast foods. Surely you won't give up sex, that's healthy. In fact, research suggests that a male who has a climax about two hundred times a year actually increases their life span. (Sorry, it didn't say if that was with a partner or not). What you do with your life or career is up to you but think about what it would be like without your health. Maybe you can make some time for exercise and try to make healthier food choices more often. Health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity don't just happen all of a sudden, they build and progress over many years before they pop onto the seen. By the way, did you know that Viagra and similar drugs for sexual impotency are in many cases a symptom of heart disease?

Try to start thinking more healthy so you can increase the quality of the years you have in front of you. Relax a little more and remember, 'no one ever lay on their death bed and said" Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office".

Here are some suggestions to get you started.

1. Learn to think like a healthy person thinks.

2. Make gradual changes, turning unhealthy habits into healthy habits.

3. Understand that everything you do is a learned behavior. If you have learned to eat unhealthy, you can learn to eat healthy.

4. Rather than thinking about how long you will live, try to die as young as you can at the oldest age possible.

5. Do something unexpected of a kindly nature, every once in a while, for a complete stranger. For example, when you go through a toll station, pay for the car behind you. Maybe you will both have a slightly happier day.

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