Life From Two Perspectives

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There are many different factors involved determining whether you are more likely to follow the people in the top row of pictures or the bottom row of pictures throughout life. Both lifestyles offer challenges and difficulties. Both lifestyles require sacrifice and compromise. Why then, has almost 75% of the U.S. population followed the path of the top row?

  • IT’S EASIER– but is it? Is it easier to have less energy? Is it easier to live with more health problems (ex. high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, cardiac disease, etc…)

  • COMFORT FOODS FEEL GOOD– but do they? Does it feel good to have indigestion, colon spasm or constipation, joint pain from chronic inflammation or poor circulation from atherosclerosis (thickening of the inner lining of the blood vessels compromising blood flow.)

  • LIMITED TIME–  but doesn’t everyone have the same 24 hour day? Doesn’t disease, degeneration and depression diminish our limited time to an even greater extent than a healthy lifestyle?

  • FINANCIAL COST– but doesn’t sedentary living cost even more? If we eat out of boredom, anger and frustration in addition to our regular meals, is our money not wasted on unnecessary foods? If our dietary habits make us prone to disease, will it not cost more to restore health? Will we not require recurring costly prescription medications year after year?

  • LIMITED RESOURCES– but don’t libraries offer free sources of information? Don’t youth centers, religious organizations and volunteer groups offer their services to help overcome these challenges?

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND ROW OF PICTURES?

  • IT’S HARDER– but is it? Our bodies are designed for motion. Motion is necessary to maintain function. Maintaining a healthy body is EASIER than “fixing” (or more accurately treating FOREVER) recurring health problems.

  • HEALTHY FOODS ARE BORING AND BLAND– but are they? Pinterest is just one site that offers countless healthy meals that are quick to prepare offering satisfying flavor and taste. They accommodate all types of budgets as well.

  • EXERCISE REQUIRES TIME– but does it require substantially more time (over a lifetime) than sedentary living? Sick days, injury days, doctor office visits, rehabilitation, emergency room visits and hospital stays require a great deal of time. Exercise can increase your productive time by improving BOTH physical ability and mental clarity. Accomplishing tasks more efficiently while staying healthy produces greater free time.

  • TOO MANY FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES– but couldn’t we make children part of the solution? Couldn’t we take them shopping and let them help by choosing a few healthy food options to purchase? Couldn’t we take them for walks to reduce their sedentary computer time and help satisfy their exercise needs as well as ours? Couldn’t we create family time to share articles among family members that discuss healthy lifestyle choices?

It all comes down to PERSPECTIVE. We can continue to make excuses or we can become creative and discover solutions. Is it worth joining the majority and following the aging process of those in the top row of pictures or joining the minority and following the aging process of those in the bottom row of pictures? It doesn’t matter what stage of life you currently find yourself, answers can be found to improve your outcome and your families outcome.

 This might not be your goal as a senior citizen, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the choice?

Consider improving your choices in life today so you can dictate the available choices in the future.

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33 comments

  1. This is really good and perfect timing for me! Thanks for posting. 🙂

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    1. It means a lot to me when the messages of my writing “strike a chord” with the readers. I believe the subject matter is important and can offer REALISTIC guidance to help improve the quality of our lives. I know you have recently entered a new phase (called marriage) and wish you all the happiness possible. Thank you for taking your time to comment. I look forward to your return.

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  2. As usual an inspirational post. I have taken up walking over running these days. It takes a lot more time but the mental benefits are amazing and now I feel a bit ripped off if I do t get my 10 km in each day. Your right about choices, the question is what excuse do you want to use

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    1. I walk everyday as well. I take my beagle out for a long walk/run. He gets so excited and loves to bay at squirrels. I don’t have the heart to tell him he is supposed to be a rabbit hunter!

      It’s a great way to clear the mind and prepare for what the day brings. Keep up the good work. You can inspire the whole family to get involved.

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  3. 100% true. Good Post!

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    1. We have choices, but sometimes life itself interferes with the clarity of our thoughts. This is one reason I believe long term success starts in the MIND. If we get this “centered” in thinking, the body will follow.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      1. Yes , we need to be clear and consciously focus. Thanks for sharing your post.

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        1. I appreciate your feedback.

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  4. Good post. We discussed this before. Exercise has to be a part of our daily lives like brushing our teeth or taking a bath. There is no valid excuse to be in the top row.

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    1. I think the biggest deterrent from participating in regular exercise is cognitive imbalance. Many brains are “over weighted” toward exercise prejudice. As we’ve discussed in the past, the answer (in my opinion) is addressing this imbalance before it develops. This means creating healthful exercise patterns of behavior in CHILDREN. We need to begin understanding that this solution is as important as attending school, attending places of worship and completing household chores. Exercise must become another staple activity all children participate in. As adults, work place incentives can be offered for those committing to regular exercise. We must STOP viewing it as something to consider IF TIME PERMITS.

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  5. Great post!
    Do you think TV and advertising have something to do with our choice?

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    1. TV and advertising are MAJOR contributors to the problem. They reinforce unhealthy messages over and over convincing the consumer to partake in the services or products they’re selling. Understanding the differences between short term gratification and long term detriment is an important component needed to convince the consumer to change behavior. It is easier to convince a joyful person than one filled with anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, antidepressants are the third leading medication taken in the United States. If we can’t improve how people MENTALLY view their lives, it becomes very difficult to change self destructive behaviors.

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      1. The third? That´s a lot of unhappy people 🙂 Also a lot of money :/
        How can we fight ads? they are everywhere…
        I don´t watch TV but I know that´s unrealistic for most of the people 🙂
        It´s a good mess…

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  6. By lecturing to groups. By writing blogs with realistic solutions; by doing podcasts and radio interviews. It is our job to share alternative approaches to living life and offer guidance for those who choose to follow. It’s a slow process, but in time, people learn.

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  7. Amazing post Doc, simply amazing.
    It really does sum up everything doesn’t it.
    I used to think that eating healthily cost more money but it really doesn’t cost that much more in my case. When I factor in the cost of take aways and fast foods, comfort foods and other poor choices, they literally come out a similar amount….

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  8. I love this! I soo want to be like the older ladies in your picture who are still strong physically and mentally at that age. If I keep going the way I am going now – I won’t be anywhere near what they are. Thanks for writing this:)

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  9. It really is about thinking differently. Wherever the mind goes, the body follows.

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    1. The mind is absolutely a key component.

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  10. Excellent insight!

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    1. Thank you very much.

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  11. This is so true. Great post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for sharing your opinion

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  12. How do you know when I need a kick in the pants….???? thank you….and Happy valentines Day…kat

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  13. You and your father are in my thoughts….sending love and energy your way….I am so sorry….kat

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  14. Aww, I really enjoyed this post and such a great message on choices and the devastating effects of making bad ones can have on our health.

    All the best to you Jonathan regarding your father’s situation. Praying for comfort and strength for you both.

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  15. I love how you wrote this! Helps us to really think and analyze our thought process. Hope you and your father are doing well.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback on the article. Have been traveling to another state to help coordinate all the services needed for my father who suffered a stroke in the early part of February. Looking forward to getting everything in place so I can continue sharing my health message and help impact the lives of as many people in the blogging world as possible.

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      1. Take the time you need, dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your father. Right now you are making an incredibly positive and supportive impact in his life:)

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  16. I hope to be like the two ladies! Quite impressive! 🙂

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    1. I have no doubt, you will become whatever person you CHOOSE to be. Your determination and hard work will be rewarded with great opportunities.

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