Don’t Take Your Health For Granted

By Charlie Remiggio

Many of us live very busy lives and for some people it may feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.

In that busyness, we can put ourselves last and forget about our health by eating poorly and not exercising.

Our food choices can be: Quick and pleasurable (bagels, pizza, sweets, alcohol, etc.)

Our exercise can be: None

Since there may not be any immediate consequences, we can take our health for granted.

My Oil Change Story or Lack Thereof
When I was in my early 20’s, I was young and naive with a bit care free attitude. I had purchased a used Buick Somerset and I really enjoyed the car. After driving it for some time, I remember someone asking me if I had given it an oil change. I said no, with an attitude of “who needs an oil change” and continued to drive my car. I drove it 10,000 miles, 20,000 miles, 30,000 miles with my care free attitude and without any consequences. Then soon after that my engine light came on and my car was making a weird noise and stopping and going. I was able to pull into a gas station and they told me my engine had ceased and I would need a new one. Since a new engine would cost more than my used car cost, that was the end of my Buick Somerset and the beginning of regular oil changes from then on. It was an expensive lesson learned because of a care free attitude.

Some people may hear that story and think that I must be crazy that I wouldn’t know the importance of an oil change. Looking back, I would agree.

Yet, some people are treating their health the exact same way.

Just like I wasn’t able to see the damage that was going on in my engine over many miles, you aren’t able to see the damage going on in your body over many years.

When you give your car regular oil changes, it is beneficial to your car.

When you give your body healthy food and exercise, it is beneficial to your body.

Even though your life may be very busy, make some time for your health each day.