"I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified" 1 Corinthians 9:27
Why do I mention this visit in a RWH blog? Well, because I am a living testimony (as if further proof was necessary) of the direct impact that a decent diet and regular exercise can have on our health. Not an opinion or hunch, but actual empirical data on this correlation. I mean if this past year didn't impact the results then I would resign myself to being a slave to genetics. Think about it, it's been a record year for this little running hobby. Nearly 1,500 miles logged and 24 weeks of 5 day training. As to diet, despite my regular Krispy Kreme reward, I did try to be good around calorie intake and have actually cut back on the greasy fried variety quite a bit. So, like I said, if I wasn't any healthier this year, then I was heading straight to Sonic for a double burger and an order of onion rings!
The Results: Since the inactivity period of 2008 (back issues), the blood pressure has dropped from the 128 / 80 range to today's 104 / 70. Resting pulse rate has dropped from mid 70's to 52 bpm. Cholesterol from the 200+ range to 165. Weight from 225 to 198. And, best of all, after the Dr. reviewed the EKG treadmill results he commented, "these are runner results, are you a runner?" Talk about walking, .. er .. , running out of the clinic on cloud 9!
The Bottom Line: I wrote this not to make public my medical records, but to encourage everyone to keep working on the exercise and diet - it works! Trust me, if I can reach these levels anyone can! The thing is, I can't even describe the impact on sleep or overall energy that has occurred.
In closing, I do realize that I am very blessed with today's wellness. I also realize that there are many conditions that remain hidden, only to come out at life's most inopportune time (could be a terminal condition or a runaway truck). That time could easily be tomorrow. Also, it's important that we reflect on 1 Tim 4:8, as a caution to obsessing with physical fitness over godliness. But where we can control the level of fitness and activity, we owe it to ourselves to make it happen. You and I can definitely do it. In fact, we can even have a few doughnuts, in moderation, and continue to motivate each other in this pursuit.