Pennsif’s Progress #613 – Medical Preps 01 – Keeping Fit and Healthy
As I mentioned in my previous post the starting point for any medical prepping is keeping as fit and healthy as possible in the here and now.
In a comment in that post @cecicastor put it very neatly :
People have a tendency to forget about looking after the mind and the body when prepping. They are not something you can buy extra in a can and have it waiting for when you need it.
Unfortunately for most people, me included, good health and fitness is something you have to work at.
Diet, exercise, sleep are the three big ones that underpin physical wellbeing. But getting them all right, all of the time can often be mighty difficult.
This is probably the easiest for me.
I am what I eat. I eat what I believe in.
My marker words on the food front are organic, local, fresh, raw, fruit, vegetable…
Luckily sweets (candy) and cake really don’t tempt my palate at all.
I love fruit and I could probably just eat that all day if I had a plentiful enough supply.
And I am big on salads, raw food is a bit of a fetish of mine.
The big change for me diet-wise this year was moving from omnivore to vegetarian en route to almost vegan.
I had always been a low meat eater, primarily consuming what we raised ourselves, but after a couple of vegan episodes of The Alternative Lifestyle Show I began to cut out animal products from my diet.
Veganism and prepping is a very interesting topic – and one I will return to in a separate post as it is too complex to cover in a quick paragraph here.
In terms of prepping the key factor is having a good diet that keeps you at a good weight and BMI, and in a healthy state.
This one is trickier for me. My job is desk based, and when I finish my daily work, steem ties me to my office chair way longer than it should.
I don’t have a gym membership – in fact I don’t have a gym anywhere near me.
I’ve only got nature’s gym – working in the garden and around the homestead is my main form of exercise.
But I have to admit I can see a big ‘Must do better’ on my report card for this one.
Switch off the computer, and feel the soil between your toes…
I run on IST now – and that can really mess up sleep patterns.
IST, in case you didn’t catch it, is International Steem Time.
I’m in the UK, most of the people I deal with are at 5 or 6 hours behind me.
I stay up way too late. I sleep way too little.
Tonight is going to be different, I promise…
Regular checkups are super important
Like cars, regular service checks are important for the body too.
We aim for dental checkups and hygienist visits every six months.
For eyes it is every 12 or 24 months with the opticians.
Keep a diary or spreadsheet for all the family, make sure you hit those appointments on time.
If you have any other particular health issues, asthma for example, make sure you attend any check up clinics as regular as needed.
Now is the time to get healthy, tomorrow is the time to stay healthy
There is always some excuse to put off changing diet, or to start exercising, or to begin a better sleep routine.
Excuses won’t cut it. The world could collapse tomorrow.
Start now and stick at it.
Monitor and record if that helps. Set up a spreadsheet recording your weight and your BMI.
Keep a note of how long it takes to walk a mile, or better run.
Set some targets and see you how far you get in 6 months.
I will leave the last word on this post to @sir-thrive who commented some wise words on my last post :
I love preaching health and fitness. Especially to the newbies who are hell-bent on packing massive BOBs. It is incredibly hard to hike 3 miles if you’re out of shape. It’s impossible with 100lbs on your back and elevated stress levels.
Get fit now. You will be glad you did when the zombies are after you.
You might also be interested in some of my other posts :
MY RADIO SHOWS
- The Alternative Lifestyle Show with @hightouch of @fundition – Friday 22 June 2018 [recording]
- The Alternative Lifestyle Show with Adam Kokesh – Friday 15 June 2018 [recording]
- My Life In 8 Songs – Thursday 21 June 2018 – @kryptoe, @ivan.atman & @onemedia [recording]
- SteemRadio – schedule of all the steemit radio shows – week beginning 18 June 2018
- A Dollar A Day charitable giving project update : Transfer completed & Girls Foundation
- A Dollar A Day charitable giving project update : new logo & new steem account
- A Dollar A Day charitable giving project update : May report : over US$ 1100 donated
- Pennsif’s Progress – the One Year Anniversary Edition – Operation Blueberry Rescue
- Pennsif’s Progress #641 – steem up for a solar rising…
- Pennsif’s Sustainability Curation Digest for MSP – week ending 17 June 2018
- AltLife – the foundation – earn votes by listening to the radio… [tune in to find out more]
[ dentist image from pixabay – Creative Commons CC0 // book cover from Hesperian ]