Everyone can benefit from being physically active and as you are aware people who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes have even more to gain from being active.
No doubt you want to be healthy and know how to take care of your body. Most people, regardless of their stage in life, want to be healthier. The issue is we often do not prioritize this goal: we tend to lose sight of it. Other things take priority if we do not end up outright forgetting about it. The idea we do not appreciate what we have until it's gone could not be more accurate where our health is concerned.
We need to realize, to acknowledge what is essential today, right now.
What are you dealing with? Is it Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, or poor cardiovascular health? Perhaps you are overweight, and this is getting to you. Maybe it is not a health issue you are dealing with directly. Often, we will see one of our friends suffering from a health issue, and then we begin to fear for our health and life. It is only natural to consider illnesses afflicting our family and friends could also affect us.
Whatever you are dealing with or are afraid of, know it extremely comes down to your health. No matter what you do or do not do, it all centers around your well-being.
Type 2 diabetes? It hurts, and it is thought of as being an inconvenience. But look at the big picture. What matters most is focusing on your health for the long term. In this context, Type 2 diabetes is a means to an end. After all, any desire you have to get healthy will be driven by two motivations …
- living a better life, and
- living a longer life.
We all know life is short, and it quickly passes by, but we tend to take it for granted. Do not let your enjoyment of life be impaired by poor health, which in the case of preventable circumstances is within your control …
- eat healthily, avoid fad diets,
- exercise at least three times a week,
- get sufficient sleep,
- if you smoke take steps to stop,
- avoid stress as much as possible. Stress can increase smoking and drinking.
See your doctor regularly and take care of your body. The above steps will enable you to live a longer, and more fulfilling life. You may ask, "what if I do not needarily want to live until I am 80 or 90?" Well, you will never know if you will have the same opinion when you begin to approach that age, and it is the safer route to take preventive measures now.
Investing in your health is investing in your future.