Is your health your #1 priority?
We all have priorities in this life. Our kids are usually the first thing that comes to mind when we try to rate our most important priority. Providing for our children, ensuring their safety and education, and spending quality time with them, are all incredibly important. This is understandable as they are not only your flesh and blood, they are a significant investment of time and money, and as most parents know, the rewards of healthy, happy kids are well worth the effort.
Our careers are also very important. Unlike most countries around the world, Americans put in more hours and take fewer vacations than just about everybody else. The financial gain and the rewards of a job well done are instilled in to us from the time we are children. Many, many people put their job or their career above most of the other priorities in their lives.
Our recreation is also very important to us. As hard as we work in the office, we are also very likely to play hard. Outdoor fun, beach time, and recreational sports are a major priority for many people and they will generally give that extra time at work or with finances to make sure that they can afford their playtime.
Many of us are fiercely patriotic and the priority of American generosity is strong. We are often seen to support our troops whether we’re on the left or the right of the political spectrum and we are willing to volunteer our time and money to help those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country as well as those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are the most generous people on the planet, giving more of our money, time and resources to those in need than any other country.
Our kids, work, recreation, and the desire to help others are all very, very important priorities. However, there is one common underlying factor that is often overlooked: without our health, we can do none of these things. If your goal is to spend time with your grandkids, or to teach your son or daughter to hit a baseball, if you’d like to scale a 14,000 foot peak at age 70, or if you’d like to volunteer in soup kitchens for the needy, or if you’d like to increase your income by burning the midnight oil, you must first have your health.
The activities and events that we all look forward to, weddings for our kids, our grandkids graduation, making a 10K run in the next year, our making sure that retirement happens without pain all require good health. Without your health, you truly have nothing. Those of us that make excuses to put other things in our life above our health as a priority will soon find that as health declines, the enjoyment of those activities decreases as well as the potential to reach our goals. If your health is not the first priority in your life, or if you are making excuses as to why you won’t improve your health such as, “it’s too expensive” or, “I don’t have the time” then eventually this will catch up to you and you will be suffering needlessly. It has been said that, ‘if you think education is expensive, try ignorance” and the same can be said for health. If you think being healthy is expensive, just wait until you see the doctor’s bills for drugs and surgery.
So if you’ve been putting other things in your live above your health, now is the time to make a change. We can give you the experience and knowledge necessary to improve your quality of life now, and have the tools to live a long, active, energetic life.
Dr. Jason W. Haas