What’s easier: caulking and painting your house’s exterior or letting it rot and eventually replacing it? The answer is simple, isn’t it?

What’s easier: checking and replacing the brakes on your car when they are worn or dealing with the carnage when the brakes fail? Again, the answer is obvious!

So, what makes sense: taking care of your body by eating the right foods, exercising and seeing your doc for yearly physicals and routine maintenance or letting your body go to fat, your belly sag over your belt and your muscles atrophy from disuse. The answer should be obvious, shouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not!

Many of my patients take their health for granted! They feel well! They’ve never been sick a day of their lives. They work hard at making a living but invest little in staying healthy. Then catastrophe hits and they are sick! Their blood pressure is elevated. They are diabetic or worse; they have a heart attack or stroke. Recovery is a bitch!

It’s no secret. It’s easier to maintain your health than to restore it once you’ve lost it. So, this year, work hard at maintaining your health. Make sure your fall-cleaning list entails cleaning up your diet, tightening up your waistline and exercising. And, for God’s sake, wear your masks and keep your distance.  

The life you save may be your own or mine is a statement I’ve ended many of the 1700 articles I’ve written with. The reality is that you can save your life by the simple means described above.  The question is, will you do it?  Will you take a few minutes everyday to work on a healthy meal plan?  Will you take a long walk, ride your bike or work out in a gym five days a week?  Will you tell a joke a day? LOL? Hug a loved one?   Wish someone a happy new day?  If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you need to figure out what you really want out of life and realize that you are not likely to realize your goals if you are not healthy. 

May you be so blessed as to never know the disease you prevented and “may your troubles be less, your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door. (Old Irish Blessing) 

Here’s your music for the day and a joke.

The only reason I would take up jogging is so I could hear heavy breathing again.
– Erma Bombeck

Doctor to patient: “What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?”
– Randy Glasbergen

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