Are you “entitled” to have good health and feel great
As you can imagine, I get the chance to meet and help a lot of
people with their health. And just like you, everyone I know has a
“philosophy” or “mindset” of how to be healthy and pain free.
The thing is, there is only one mindset that works better than
all the rest. That approach is the “take care of yourself on a
regular basis” approach to health.
Unfortunately, some of the patients that I see are of the belief
that they are “entitled” to have good health and feel great all the
time without having to do anything. They think they can eat
whatever they want, rarely exercise, and only take care of their
body when “something hurts”…and feel great.
But it doesn’t work that way. At least not in the long run, and
especially as you get older.
Here’s a question to think about…How come no one questions the idea
of servicing a car regularly throughout its lifespan? You know,
things like keeping the interior and exterior of the car clean,
changing the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, rotating the tires,
putting in new spark plugs, and so on.
You want to know why? Because it’s the right thing to do.
Everyone knows that if you take care of your car regularly, then it
will not only run better but in the long run will cost less. So
why is it then that some people take better care of their cars than
they do their health? How come some people think it makes sense to
take care of a car regularly, but not their body?
Here’s the dilemma we all face, whether we like it or not…
1. Our bodies all experience “normal wear and tear” from living our
daily lives. And this normal wear and tear breaks our bodies down.
2. We are all aging, and it’s unavoidable. And guess what? Aging
slowly but surely breaks our bodies down.
3. We all experience stress in our lives. Some more than others,
but we all do. Whether it’s relationships, finances, work,
environmental, etc. And what do you think stress does to our
bodies? You got it…breaks it down.
These 3 things are unavoidable, and happen each and every day
whether we like it or not. And these 3 things are constantly
working against us to wear our bodies out and decrease our health
and quality of life.
So what should we do? Here’s something I want you to do. Take out
a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle, and on the left
hand side, write all of the things that are causing your health and
quality of life to decrease. I’ve given you 3 things for that
side…normal wear and tear, aging, and stress. You might have
others to add to that list.
normal wear and tear, aging, and stress: How is your mindset counterbalance these?
Now, on the right hand side of the paper, write down all of the
things you do on a regular basis to improve your health and quality
of life. These are things that will counter act the things on the
left hand side of the paper that are decreasing your health.
Do you see the problem that exists for some people? Some people
can’t write anything down on the right hand side of the piece of
paper. They aren’t doing anything on a regular basis to counteract
the negative effects of list on the left hand side of the page.
These are the people who hurt all the time. They have a sore back
or neck all the time. They complain of being sore and stiff all
the time. Are constantly on multiple medications all the time.
They get sick all the time. They have trouble sleeping. They are
always tired. They rarely feel very good.
Do you know anyone like this? Most of us do.
What’s YOUR health mindset?
Here’s the point to all of this. What’s YOUR health mindset? Are
you someone who believes in taking care of yourself on a regular
basis? DO YOU take care of yourself on a regular basis? Or do you
neglect yourself? Is your lack of activity causing your health and
quality of life to slip away from you?
I’ve seen a lot of patients over the years and I can tell you that
the patients who take care of themselves on a regular basis are
ALWAYS healthier than those who don’t. They always feel better,
they are always happier, and they actually spend less on their
health care than those who don’t take care of themselves regularly.
So think about your health and what you need to do on a regular
basis to keep yourself healthy and feeling great. Then make sure
you are doing it. And if you do, I promise you’ll enjoy a much
better quality of life.
Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon,
Dr. Justin Trosclair DC