The Time Is Now For Your New Beginning

Daylight savings time is here and Spring is just around the corner so Summer isn’t far behind. Soon there will be no more excuses for hunkering down indoors in front of the television or computer; no more reason for hiding underneath layers of clothing; no holiday excuse for overeating. Decision time is here. Are you going to finally make that commitment to yourself to get and stay healthy once and for all time? It really is up to you.

First ask yourself what you have to gain. Here are some things you may not have considered:

-Less medication and more money. If you lose weight and exercise you will likely be able to get rid of some or all of your medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar or pain medication. Add up how much money you would save every month. Many insurers are now adding a surcharge to premiums for those who are overweight, don’t exercise or smoke. You can save money on your health and life insurance too. Airlines may charge you for two seats if your weight makes it necessary to do so.

-More energy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more gas in your tank to do the things you want or need to do? You can spend more time on your hobbies; more time with your family; take some classes; be with friends and family. Maybe you could plant a garden, walk your dog or even take a hike. Losing weight may even help you sleep better if you have sleep apnea. And sleeping better will help you lose weight. That is a win-win situation.

-Greater life satisfaction. Taking care of yourself allows you to more effectively care for others. You owe it to those you love and care for to be your best. It isn’t selfish to take time to exercise and eat right. It is just the opposite. When you are well and healthy you will be more able to give to others. Achieving even small goals will help you build on larger ones and may inspire others. Set a good example for those around you – especially children.

-Mind & body connection. Becoming more fit physically can have a profound effect on your mental state. We are both our minds and our bodies. When one is unhealthy it often affects the other. Getting your mind-set right can help your physical being. It can be a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Your body hurts so you don’t feel like doing anything so you become isolated which causes loneliness and sadness so your body feels worse and so on and so on. Making one small change in either system can have a positive outcome for both.

Decide for yourself to take one small step for you and your health. Get outside and walk a bit. Give up soda. Decrease your portion size. Eat a healthy breakfast. Drink more water. Turn off the television. Let the sun shine on your face. Be a positive inspiration and role model. You can do it!

Dr. Kenneth Luckay DO is the Medical Director at the Center for Medical Weight Loss located at 4515 Brambleton Ave in Roanoke. He can be reached at 398-1547 or Email: [email protected]

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