Your Health Is in Your Hands

Your Health Is in Your Hands

Your health—physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual—is your most vital concern. Upon it everything else in your life depends. It is far more important than your occupation, play, money, friends, social status, awards, notoriety, appearance, house, and cars. If you have all of these, and lose your health, you will have lost all.

Like it or not, your health is your responsibility. It is not the primary responsibility of the President of the United States, the Senate, the Congress, Medicare, your insurance company, HMO, doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or family. Your health is in your hands and in your control.

Considering that statistically 34 percent of all Americans are clinically obese, and that another 33 percent are overweight, it is obvious that most health problems are preventable.

Here’s the deal. Good health is the result of good choices that we each make each and every day. We choose to live or not live a healthy lifestyle. It’s one or the other.

Example: If you smoke, unless some maniac was holding a gun to your head and forcing you to smoke your first pack of cigarettes, you made a voluntary, conscious decision to smoke. The decision to quit is also yours to make.

Same goes if you are obese or overweight. It is you who chooses to eat the wrong foods. And unless that same maniac is still holding a gun to your head, forcing you to eat Twinkies, you can choose to not eat the wrong foods.

If you don’t exercise, that is also your decision. Even if you have medical problems, you can still do something each and every day to improve your health.

My recommendation: Exercise Everything Every Day—your mind, body, spirit, and willpower. All will become stronger as a result of active doing.

Consider: You choose to take your medication as prescribed. You choose to eat right. You choose to exercise. You choose to work and play hard. You choose to relax. You choose to be generous and loving to others. Or you choose not to. Don’t look to anyone else. These decisions are in your hands.

You are the captain of your healthcare team. Choose wisely. Work with people whom you trust. They will guide you and advise you, but it is you who does the doing. If you do, take the credit you deserve. If you don't, don’t blame them.

Take control of your own life. Medical professionals, insurance companies, and the government can’t give you good health. That is something you must give yourself.

The vast majority of good health choices are either free or very inexpensive when compared to regaining health that has been lost.

Look outward, not inward.
Use windows, not mirrors.
Love others. Love yourself.
Compliment others when they deserve it. Compliment yourself when you deserve it.
Throw away something you no longer need each day. Start with anger, resentment, guilt, regret, and depression.
Make huge changes. Little changes have no power.

No matter how bad it is, it could probably be worse, and it’s probably not fatal.

Create something of your own. Know that the world didn’t have it until you made it.

Sometimes it’s OK to go to bed early, stay up late, or sleep in.
Sometimes it’s OK to live in the past. Relish wonderful memories, great friendships, and mementos of where you have been.
Sometimes it’s OK to live in the future. To plan your dreams and start living them.
It’s always OK to live for today. The past is behind us. The future is in front of us. The only thing we have for certain is now.

Change your life for the better.

Commit now. Every day you don’t is a day lost, and you are then that much further behind.

Remember: It’s never too late to give yourself a new start. Never.

—John Peterson

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