We are all granted health of some form. Even if we are genetically predisposed with certain set backs like cancer cells, we all have a certain amount of control when it comes to our health. This might sound crazy coming from someone who’s going through a sudden drastic change in their health with no diagnosis as to why. A healthy 22 year-old personal trainer, studying nutrition, working out daily, etc etc… why would all this happen to me?
Health is a choice, not a right. It can be your daily choice of sugar intake or sun exposure. Your weekly intake of alcohol or the amount of sleep you get. Your decision to grab fruits & veggies first.
We are not guaranteed a full, healthy life. But we do have the choice to make the most out of our health. This is an urge, a plea, a cry for you to never take your health for granted.
Throughout the last couple of weeks sitting at the doctors, I would often ask myself, “Why did this happen…what’s the explanation? Did I not sleep enough, stress out too much, eat too many processed foods filled with additives?” I can’t help but think about how I could have avoided all of this. Was I just a ticking time-bomb waiting to go off? Which straw finally broke the camel’s back? I could make guesses but I would not (and may never) know the answer.
I always knew preventative medicine was my passion. That’s why I took up personal training, group exercise, and nutrition coaching. I want to be the one to prevent instead of cure. I want to help people turn a corner. I want to show people the stop sign before they get in that car accident. I want to unload those straws from the camel’s back.
The amount of unhealthy choices I see being made in America (and other countries) honestly makes me sick sometimes. We have accepted our behavior as the norm. Our standards have gotten so very low. Why is this? What has changed? What can change now that we’re aware?
Your health is a choice, day in and day out. You can choose to help yourself or choose to hurt yourself. Some choices are easy (brush your teeth, stay social, drink water) while some are a bit more difficult (exercise, eat right, sleep).
If I had a time machine, I’d probably spend more time with friends, stress less, read more, eat more whole foods, and exercise to feel good instead of making it a chore. If I changed all that, do you think I’d still be going through all this? We may never know. But I’ll tell you this… I would and will still make that effort. The ability to hear, see, walk, and talk… to live life fully. I will never take my health for granted again.
Let’s stand up and stand out. Let’s be the outliers, the go-getters, the achievers, the believers. Let’s look out for our health and for the health of those around us. Let’s expect more. Let’s expect better. Let’s be better.