You have probably seen the commercials or signs to get your flu shot, this year’s concoction for Influenza that is sure to be rampant. There are differing opinions on whether or not to get the vaccine, and I am not a doctor, so I will not push anyone’s opinion. I will say that it is important to stay healthy, and I don’t mean just keeping up with your vaccinations and doctor’s visits.
Your health has a huge impact on your ability to succeed, whether it is a job, in school, or on the athletic field. Keep your body healthy, and it will take you far. Your health is the most valuable commodity you own, invest in it.
Your health is a full-time gig, and you should treat it as such. Your mother was right when she told you to eat all your meat and veggies; a balanced meal is your first defense against all those nasty colds and flu. Doctors recommend that we try not to eat too many sugary foods and keep our caffeine intake to a minimum. If you are reading this post while enjoying a mocha latte and a chocolate chip muffin, you might want to consider having that tossed salad for lunch.
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Another important part of staying healthy is getting enough sleep, that wonderful part of the day when your body recovers from the day’s activities. I am a big advocate of sleep, especially when I have had difficulty getting enough of it for a couple of days. Besides my temperament shifting to the grouchy side, I can tell my immune system starts to shift into high gear. A good night’s sleep can set things right.
The body not only requires a healthy diet and rest but exercise as well. If you do not currently perform some moderate physical activity at least three times a week, start by simply standing up while checking your email. You could even add walking in place. Exercise strengthens your body and increases your metabolism, making it easier to fight off that head cold that has been traveling through the office or school.
Now, you are probably thinking, “I already know these things, what difference does it make?” Let me remind you that you only get one body; there are no extra lives, as you get in video games. Once your body is done, it’s done for good, no do-overs or extra turns. Cherish that ticklish temple and treat it right, and you will get many years use out of it.