Friday, July 16, 2010

Use It Or Lose It




What happens to anything that is not used? Depending on what it is, it may rust, wither, weaken or break. The law of physics is that everything will basically deteriorate in some way or the other over time. All of us enjoy the idea of being youthful and if you take a look around, you will notice that youth = using it. If you continue to stay as physically active as you did in your youth, your body (muscles) will be forced to keep their tone. Just the same, if you keep your mind active it also will be forced to keep in shape. As we get older we become less active and complacent. People say they don’t have time for this, yet they seem to find plenty of time for dinners, movies, TV , etc.. I say, we can’t afford to not have the time. We have to find the time to keep our minds and bodies in shape. My grandparent’s health began to rapidly deteriorate when they were forced to become inactive due to health issues. Once they stopped moving mentally and physically, it was a rapid, compounding decent. If you want to stay mentally or physically in shape, ask yourself, “What am I doing on a daily basis to keep mentally sharp and physically fit.” If you want to maintain, there is a minimum. If you want to improve or advance, you need to do even more. It goes without saying, that are mind and bodies will change as we age but the rate at which they change, is directly correlated to the amount of use. It’s not my message but natures. It is very clear and supported with overwhelming data, USE IT OR LOSE IT!!!



74 year old man who is obviously using it.

6 comments:

Ofi said...

Sooooo true Al.. I saw it first hand with my mother in law.. She progressed soooooo fast bc she just let herself gooooo. So yes people make yourself go that extra mile everyday.. :) Great message:)

Anonymous said...

Good article! Simple, to the point and inspiring! Thanks.

Ofelia said...

Good one Alex! I'll let you know if it inspires me;) SO good to have you back!!

Td said...

Ive been working out and eating healthier for a few weeks now and this is another reason why. Many people forget this until whatever it is, has become more difficult to achieve or even impossible.

Alex said...

I know you have bee ntaking care of yourself because Elle told me that you look great As you get older you realize that its about quality of life as well as looking good. Looking good can make you feel better because of what others may say or do. Feeling good physically is true independantly of others.

Mary L said...

Alex, I LOVE the new site! Great job. This was a great post. I too made a commitment back in April to start "using it" - trying to do at least 30 minutes of walking or bike on most days of the week and it has made a difference. I'm also lucky enough to have a job that forces me to use mental skills every day. (some days more than others!)