My family’s health history is chock a block with diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and other maladies. Knowing this helps me stay focused on doing what I need to do to prevent many of these health issues.
Yes, prevent. I’m in the camp that believes you can reverse many of the lifestyle-related illnesses that are so prevalent today. It takes hard work and motivation. It’s not as simple popping a pill to lower your cholesterol and going about your day. (Of course serious medical issues require medication so I’m not advocating everyone stop taking their meds, don’t get me wrong). But of course, you need to want to make the tough changes and frankly, not everyone is interested in doing that.
Now, because I have a family history of many serious diseases, I have made a conscious choice to beat the family odds. I watch what I eat (in moderation – I’m not a big fan of fad diets), focus on good, wholesome foods and incorporate fresh fruits and veggies at almost every meal. I also exercise almost daily to keep my heart and body healthy.
I have no intention of giving up, giving in, or settling for an unhealthy life. I enjoy being strong and fit and intend on doing what I’m doing for a long time.
Now go run!