Jessamine County Coroner

The Choices We Make

We make hundreds of choices every day; some are important and some not so important. If given the choice for a long, healthy life rather than a short unhealthy one, obviously we would say this is a "no brainer". However, in order for us to realize our hopes for that kind of life, we must be committed to making consistently positive choices that lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Any number of things, of which we have no control, can interfere with our plans. Family genetics, accidents, unpreventable diseases and illnesses, and even homicide can interrupt our path toward living our long, healthy life. Such circumstances of life are unfortunate and unsettling to say the least, and for the most part are out of our hands. Certainly we can prevent some of the aforesaid situations by our life-style. The simple daily decisions we make about the routine things though, are the ones that usually define the lives we will live.

What variables will affect your longevity? How will your personal choices determine if you're on this earth for a long time or not so long? What can you do to put the odds in your favor to not only live long, but to live a healthy and enjoyable life?

Most of us take better care of our cars than we do our bodies. Some of us will put only the best synthetic oil in them and change the oil every 2500 miles. But, when it comes to personal nutrition, we miss the mark by indulging in foods lacking in nutrients and high in fats, cholesterol and calories. We drink acidic sodas and power drinks loaded with caffeine and sugar, unless we're into diet drinks, which aren't much better.

So...What's a person to do?

GIVE IT UP! I can't imagine that anybody today doesn't realize the risks involved with smoking, yet folks are still willing to make the horrible choice to decrease their likelihood for a long healthy life by smoking. Who doesn't know that almost all lung cancers are the result of cigarettes, not to mention the damage to our heart and entire circulatory system that contributes greatly to poor health and premature death?

EAT TO LIVE! Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and cold water fish. Stay away from fast food, junk food, and fatty food. Drink 16 ounces of water before every meal and more in between meals.

GET OFF THE COUCH! Sitting around has been shown to contribute not only to weight gain, but a decrease in cardiovascular fitness. Even standing is by far better than sitting, but obviously exercise is invaluable in obtaining and maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle that leads to a longer healthier life. Exercise such as a brisk walking for 20 to 30 minutes three to five times a week works wonders for the body by increasing our cardiovascular fitness and helping to keep the weight off.
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