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’s 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 that 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 invite you to make your own plan. Failure to plan is a plan to fail.
My plan is to get adjusted every week and more when needed to keep my nervous system free of interference. This is first and foremost. My plan is also to get my heart rate up for a minimum of 3 hours every 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 primarily to reduce oxidation and inflammation, to drink a glass or two of wine a day for heart health, to eat a reasonable and manageable diet to maintain my weight, to get enough sleep nightly for daily body regeneration. 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.
Do you have a plan? How about for your family? I invite you to participate. You’ll be happy you did. And you’ll regret it if you don’t. Remember, the three top killers are heart disease, cancer, and the practice of medicine. Let’s try our best to avoid all three, shall we?