“If we all ran at the same pace, we’d always be in each other’s way.”
—Gary Stanley, author
In a world of quick fixes and New Year’s resolutions, it is important to pause and realize that there is no one prescription for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Each of us is a unique human being made up of common human genomes but entirely different in personality, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. The message of the media that there is a universal solution for achieving improved health may fit cereal boxes, bumper stickers, and 30-second ads, but in order to achieve individual goals an individualized “prescription” is essential.
As 2007 arrives, it is a good idea to do a personal inventory of one’s highest priorities and evaluate what choices and resources are needed to achieve goals. According to Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH, founder of the Cooper Institute, there are a few very important goals for all of us over the age of 50:
Adequate sleep. This can often be achieved by having a good level of activity/exercise during the day; eating earlier in the evening to aid digestion before going to bed; avoiding excessive alcohol or caffeine; and attempting to fill the mind with good thoughts before retiring for the night. A good bed and pleasant company also are helpful.
Balance in activities. Physical activity needs to include cardiovascular, flexibility, strength, and balance regimens. Depending on individual needs, there may be more of a need in one area than the other. Stretching and flexibility are often ignored, but they are critical to overall physical fitness.
Socialization. Good company, conversation, and humor affect overall health.
Continued learning. Remember: We create new brain cells every day of our lives.
Healthy food choices. These are good for the body and soul.
Volunteerism. The importance of giving back is essential to good health.
At Touchmark, we focus on the unique needs of each person. For support and assistance with an individualized wellness program, contact a Touchmark director of Life Enrichment/Wellness. Make the new year your best year.