Health must come first!

Over the last three weeks, we had a few people – including myself – being out and sick. This is the season for it, but it also reminded me harshly of the importance of proactively investing in our future health.

The reason I’m writing about this is because I consider myself a pretty well-informed and health-aware person. I have been active my whole life, health is my number one value, and I even taught Karate and Tai Chi for many years (taking a pause from teaching right now). However, despite all of that, severe issues still snuck up on me because I got distracted and didn’t give enough time and attention to my health.

A few weeks ago – maybe two months by now – I pulled something in my back and suddenly felt nerve pain all the way down into my leg. Of course, being a tough guy, I ignored it and kept doing smart stuff like shuffling gravel in my backyard or riding the ATV over rocky mountain trails. Fast forward four weeks, and I find myself on the table at the orthopedics center with a herniated disc and almost unable to move.

While I did enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors over the last years, I stopped going to the gym due to COVID restrictions and didn’t do any strength training. That works well for a while until it hits you big time. I’ve let my guard down and became lazy with my health.

Don’t ever get lazy with your health and other things that you value highly (e.g., relationships and time with loved ones). Don’t ever deprioritize those for other seemingly urgent things – keep your focus and your time on your values and priorities!

How you feel in five years depends largely on what you do today for it. How you will spend your days in ten years is defined by what you prioritize today. Make the right decisions and make them count.

For myself, I’m of course doing PT twice a week, and it helps a lot. I also added a few small tools to our little downstairs exercise area, and I’m now working on my weak spots at least 30mins every day.

Invest in your future – focus on your health and what matters to you!

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