If you have ever taken a vacation it requires planning. Reservations, travel arrangements, rental car, hotel, transfers, someone to take care of the house, the dog, the pool, a packing list, cleaning the house before you leave, and taking out the trash. And you have a plan to get up in the morning, a plan to get ready for work, a plan to get to work, a plan to work, a plan for lunch, a plan to get home, a plan to eat dinner, a plan get to bed. You have a plan for the weekend, a plan for a wedding, a plan for a party, a plan for retirement, a plan for raising the kids, and on and on and on. That is not to say that you might not change your plans or that at times you sometimes go without a plan. But when you go planless you think “I’m not going to plan this out. I’ll just go with the flow.” You actually plan to go without a plan. We plan everything, except our health.
We just take our health as it comes. We take it for granted until we lose it. “I’ve got to die of something,” I hear from many. Well that may be true but you do have some control over when and what of. My goal is to live a long happy life with good health and mobility until that final moment then I want to go quickly and quietly. My goal is to avoid medicine, medical doctors and hospitals as much as I can from now to then. To do this I have a plan and I urge you to make your own plan. A failure to plan is a plan to fail, and failing in health may be the greatest failure there is.
My plan starts with the center of my health, my spine. I plan to get adjusted every week, and occasionally more, and to do my disc-pump exercises daily, to keep my spine mobile and free of scar tissue, inflammation and nerve stress. I plan to get my heart rate up to its target zone for a minimum 2.25 hour each week by hiking up and down hills, to do 100-200 pushups every week to maintain upper body muscle tone as I age, to drink 64 oz. of water per day to keep my cells flushed, to take a variety of supplements to reduce oxidation and inflammation, to eat a reasonable and manageable diet to maintain my weight, to get enough sleep nightly for daily body regeneration. No less important I also plan to work on and maintain relationships with my wife, family, and friends for emotional health. Finally, I plan to introduce one new item into my health regimen as the old ones become firmly entrenched in my daily schedule so that I can continue to counter the aging process as best as I can. I call this “Just One More Thing.”
Do you have a plan for your health? How about for your family’s health? I invite you to participate. You’ll be happy you did. Mostly you’ll regret it later if you don’t.