For anyone who has known me in person, they may know that I am in excellent health. I do not take any medications, rarely get sick, my resting pulse rate is around 50 beats per minute, perfect blood pressure, I can run several miles, and can bench press more than my weight of 155 pounds. That’s pretty darned good for a 42 year old I think. I frequently have people asking me “how do you have so much energy? Well, there’s no real secret to staying healthy, THERE IS NO ONE INDIVIDUAL THING THAT WILL PUT YOU IN PERFECT HEALTH. It’s the cumulation and combination of many small things that put you here over the course of time. Here’s some of the things that have kept me in good health:
Wear yourself out each day until you are physically tired: If you work in a laborious job, GOOD! you have this one accomplished! This can sometimes be a challenge though if you work a desk job. You most likely are mentally tired after working in front the computer all day, answering phone calls and putting up with one crises after another. The first thing you want to do when you get home is plop down on the couch in front the screen and zone out…WRONG! What you should do instead is do something that is laborious, but is not mentally challenging. Go to the gym and work out, do yardwork / mow the grass (with a push mower) ride a bike or jog around the neighborhood, play ball with the kids. Just something that will wear the stress off your body. You want to be done for at the end of the day, truly physically tired, not just mentally tired
Look for small things throughout the day to get exercise with: Park in the back of the parking lot (a lot less mentally stressful too not fighting over the close spaces) Take the steps instead of the elevator, stand and walk more often, mow the whole yard with the push mower instead of the riding mower, use a hand tool instead of a power tool…those types of little things. This helps with the above mentioned to balance physical and mental fatigue at the end of the day.
Get proper sleep: Now that you have worn yourself out physically though the day, you need to get rested and restored. The optimal amount of sleep is 8 hours a day. I do not always do this, but I make certain I get an absolute minimum of 6 hours of sleep in a day. Don’t forget afternoon naps! A quick power-nap of about 30-45 minutes in the middle of the day really helps out your energy levels and your health when you can do this.
Genesis 2: 2-3 “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”
A diet high in a variety of foods, I lean towards high protein, high fat, and less carbohydrates: There have been many, many fad diets over the years that say if you eat this one thing and not all this other stuff you will loose amazing amounts of weight and be perfectly healthy as an athlete. Well, it doesn’t go quite like that. The human body needs a wide range of sustenance. There are three basic foods, Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Proteins are what your body uses to repair itself, so obviously, it’s good to eat. Carbohydrates are what your body uses for fuel. Fats are used as fuel too, but are metabolized much slower, so they will satisfy your hunger longer. If you are getting the munchies, eat a snack that high in fat and protein, like nuts, instead of something high in carbs, like sugar. There are many more vitamins and minerals your body needs beyond these basic things, so give your body a healthy variety, and don’t be afraid to try out new, unique foods.
Genesis 9:2-4 All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. 3 I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.
Eat Good quality foods: No matter what you decide to eat, it’s good to pick items out that are less processed and have more real, natural ingredients. Fresh foods are simply more nutritious and have more of what your body needs and less of what it doesn’t need. Now, I’ve heard many say that cooking is too slow / complicated / inconvenient and that’s why they buy processed food loaded with preservatives. Well, there is an easy way around this problem. Take time to cook a large amount of food at one time, store it, then reheat and eat individual servings from that food when you don’t have time to cook a full meal. avoid foods described as “lite, diet, sugar-free, fat free” or any other monikers that masquerade as being more healthy. Removing things out of food means it’s more processed, and also most likely has an artificial ingredient replacing what was extracted. Make foods with the most basic ingredients you can find
No drugs, smoking, drinking Okay, I occasionally have a beer or a glass of wine, but I don’t drink enough to get intoxicated, and I don’t make alcoholic beverages a regular part of my routine consumption. I simply cannot see what the enjoyment is in being intoxicated. It causes short-term problems and long term health issues too. I’d rather be of sober mind and a clear head.
Luke 21: 34“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware”
Ephesians 5:18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit”
The same goes with smoking. Yes, there’s some really nice smelling tobacco out there, but why the heck would I want to burn it and inhale it? …I cannot figure out why one would want to purposefully inhale combustion by-products. Vaping? well, the jury is still out on that. Yes, it’s just water vapor, but many of the flavors out there have just as much toxins and other processed garbage in them as classic cigarettes
Consume less media: There are many benefits of this, one very obvious…if you are sitting around watching TV, you are not out and about doing things and being active, but a more subtle one exists too. The media ultimately wants us to feel insecure. Why? because insecure people buy things, and that keeps advertisers happy. Be it buying the latest clothing, the newest vehicle, electronic gadget, whatever, the message is your life won’t be complete without it. The media even shows us unattainable bodies in order to sell us things, because guess what, if you are insecure about your physical condition, you go out and buy special diet foods, diet pills, gym memberships (not a bad thing if you USE it!) cosmetics, etc. Here’s thing thing about buying stuff to try and resolve insecurity…IT DOES NOT WORK! You just end up with a cluttered house, and a maxed out credit card that you end up having to work more(more stress) to pay off. The best idea is to turn off the tube, get out and enjoy the people and things around you!
Leviticus 19:4 “Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.
I really enjoy listening to music, however I have really picked up listening to Christian contemporary music within the past 8-10 years, which is really uplifting! I am also listening to more traditional hymns and classical music. I still enjoy some of my classic rock occasionally, as I figure if the music can withstand the test of time that it has something going for it
Psalms 100:1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. …
Maintain good spiritual health: You have most likely noticed the Bible versus interspersed throughout this posting. Maintaining a good relationship with the one who has made you is some of the best medical advice. Keep up your prayer life. Be in fellowship with the Lord, and with other like believers that can lift you up and encourage you. A good, positive attitude in life is some of the best medicine out there!
DISCLAIMER: I am not stating these things to be self-righteous or to be arrogant. I am stating these things because they have worked for me in helping me feel great and enjoy life with good health. I feel that if I they worked for me, others may benefit in the same way I have and the tips are worth sharing.