Corporal maintenance
Sept. 15, 2017
by Ivan Raconteur

Following some excellent advice from friends, I have recently embarked on a journey of discovery related to body maintenance.

It’s a simple concept, but one to which I haven’t given much thought in the past.

I’m much more familiar with home maintenance. We know, for example, that it is important to take care of our investment by doing periodic maintenance of our homes.

Not only does this improve our quality of life and provide satisfaction, but it can prevent the need for expensive repairs later.

The same it true with vehicles.

If we routinely take care of small, inexpensive items, we can keep vehicles running properly and avoid unpleasant major repairs later. This may also prevent us from finding ourselves stranded at an inconvenient time.

Body maintenance is the same kind of thing, but for some reason, I never developed the habit.

Had I done so starting when I was young, I would be in better condition today.

For example, I have been receiving chiropractic treatment to straighten my spine, which years of sitting behind a desk has damaged.

Our bodies were not meant to spend hours in this position. We need to move and stretch frequently if we expect things to keep moving the way they should.

I am paying for my failure to do so now – in more ways than one. Not only have I experienced extreme discomfort, but I have to pay someone to help me sort things out.

Body maintenance, my friends have explained, means taking responsibility for routinely doing things to keep my body moving properly.

This involves exercise, proper stretching, and moving frequently.

Doing so may not be easy, my friends have noted, but it is essential to staying independent and improving long-term health.

So I have been studying and learning new ways to correct a lot of bad habits.

Already I have experienced benefits such as being able to lie down without pain, and get in and out of a vehicle without feeling like a 120-year-old relic.

I don’t have any plans to run marathons or climb mountains, but I do expect to be able to do more and be happier doing it.

Sometimes we need others to point out the obvious and show us the way to do things properly.

I’m fortunate to have the counsel of people who are so good at explaining things in a practical and meaningful way.

Taking charge of my health seems like such an obvious step, but it took me a long time to see the light.

Let’s face it, Father Time is cruel, and we can get away with things in our 20s that we just can’t get by with in our 50s.

However, as my friends have pointed out, there is hope, and taking some simple steps will make a big difference.

I’m sure doctors and other healthcare professionals are fine people, but I’d much rather meet them on a golf course or at a park than in their offices.

Seeing them on a professional basis is expensive and often a sign of poor maintenance, and these are things I intend to avoid in the future.

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