I feel blessed. Blessed because I have my health—and that, is more valuable in life than all the money in the world. People ask me why I workout everyday, or why I eat so healthy. Does that really require an answer? Because I want to live long whilst still enjoying life—who wouldn’t? I always thought that eating well and staying physically fit was the way to get there, but when my world got turned upside down last May, I began questioning and fearing that I was pushing myself too hard…
It is difficult for me to write this, but I feel that this is a cause worth spreading and shedding light on. I use to just dismiss the “consult your physician before participating” warnings when signing up for a race. I would just check off the waiver, then continue my training without stepping foot into a doctor’s office or thinking twice about pushing myself when I felt a little under-the-weather, but how is that taking care of myself? Wake-up call: it’s not. I realized that just because my shin splints “disappeared” and I could run 9 miles without puking did not mean that I was unstoppable. It really meant that I should be seeing my physician more often. The annual or bi-annual physical may seem to be a pain in the side or a waste of time, but it is the sure way to know your body from the inside-out.
According to an article recently published on Active.com, a runner should be his/her own advocate for proper healthcare. Some tips shared by the author Sarah Wassner Flynn: go get that physical, get your heart looked at with an EKG and ultra-sound, and always listen to your body.
(Read full article here)
You can bet that the next time I register for a race, I will heed the warnings and go straight to my primary care doctor. In the mean time, I am being my own “advocate.” I listen to my body more and slow down when I feel slightly light-headed, I fuel my body before long runs, and I have invested in a heart rate monitor. I highly recommend this purchase. Mine came in the mail yesterday from The Vitamin Shoppe (my usual health store supplier).
I chose the Polar FT4 Heart Monitor in pink, naturally. (Oh, and some Vega Protein mix, my favorite!) This watch measures your beats per minute, percent maximum heart rate used, and calories. It is an easy way to make sure that I am staying in my zone and not pushing myself past dangerous limits. Plus, it makes working out even more fun, but I am a fitness nerd and I love health goodies.
As much fun as new workout gadgets are, they still serve a very valuable purpose for your ultimate health. So, this morning I laced up Jessi’s shoelaces, hooked up my heart rate monitor, and headed out the door for my run. I am no longer as fearful because I know that as long as I listen to my body and treat it properly, and listen to my heart, then I can pray for a long, healthy and happy future.