You Only Get One Body.

You know how you can trade off your car and get a new one? Or you can move into a new house?

Well, you can’t really do that with your body.

Sure, you can get new parts (for cosmetic purposes or out of necessity), but not the whole thing. No trades. At least not at this moment in human history.

I try to remind myself of this regularly so I take better care of myself. I’ve gotta be in this thing for life.

This is especially fresh in my mind at the moment, as the past 18 months have not been my best health-wise. I haven’t talked about this much publicly, but it’s been a rough patch, peppered with doctor’s visits, lots of tests, and a four-inch thick pile of medical bills over the course of 2016 alone.

I’m doing better now, but I’m much more aware of how precious health is.

Of course, I’m emotional and not rational (like every other human being) and I make bad decisions some times.

Sometimes I slam nachos. I guzzle sodas occasionally. I sit and watch TV when I could be up and moving.

But then I see people around me who are not enjoying the aging experience because their bodies are suffering — and I’m reminded: You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.

Want to go on a baller vacation? Enjoy a hike? Walk on the beach at sunset? All of these things are much harder — or even impossible — if your body can’t handle it. I want to do those things when I get old.

And I know that you can’t remedy any health issues that may come your way by just eating broccoli and going to the gym…but I am taking steps to be a teensy bit nicer to my body these days.

Things like:

  • Yoga 4–6 times per week to keep my joints stretchy.
  • Eating more fruits and veggies and taking a probiotic.
  • Drinking 64+ oz. of water per day.
  • Walking the dog a few miles each day, even if it’s cold or rainy or I don’t feel like it.
  • Wearing sunscreen every time I’m in the sun. I have bottles literally everywhere.
  • Choosing comfortable shoes over pretty shoes.

These aren’t really major adjustments, but I feel like it’s a step in the right direction. I’m not looking forward to getting old, but the one thing I can do about it is to take good care of myself now.

We’ve all gotta live in these shells — so we might as well be nice to ’em.

What things are you doing differently for your health these days? Always looking for things to add to this list.