If you’re reading a health blog, you totally get it. You already know that prevention is key and that good nutrition and fitness are essential to a long and healthy life. But, I’m sure you’re getting realllllly frustrated trying to explain that to, well, pretty much everyone you know.
I certainly am.
So how do you get Uncle Bob or boyfriend or grandma to get on board with a healthy lifestyle? You tell ‘em this.
Sure, you can try to cure a disease. You can try to fix a problem after its already happened. But that’s really, if you think about it, pretty dumb. Especially considering how easy it is to stop the problem in the first place.
Think of disease as a cliff. There’s this big scary cliff with a hmm…let’s say a 10 million foot drop. As soon as we are born we are slowly walking toward the edge of the cliff. Until we fall off. At the bottom of the drop, there’s treatment. There’s an ambulance that can take you to a hospital. There’s pills and surgeries and all that jazz to try to help your body, but let’s be real, you’ve already fallen 10 million feet. Oh, and you never know how close you are to the edge of the cliff. Until you fall.
I bet you’re thinking: what kind of idiot population has such a dangerous cliff in their neighborhood?! Better yet, what kind of idiot population hasn’t done anything to stop people from falling off the cliff?!?! Prevention is simple. Prevention is a fence around the edge of the cliff that says ‘BEWARE: 10 MILLION FOOT DROP.’ Prevention is a net ready to catch you 2 feet off the edge of the cliff, so you can just prop yourself back up. Prevention is a brick wall closing off the cliff. A healthy diet and regular exercise are that net or that brick wall.
Prevention isn’t something that just happens. You can’t prevent chronic diseases and death just by saying you prevent them, or by waiting for prevention to happen. Sitting on your butt waiting for something to happen is the opposite of prevention, and trust me, you’re going to pay for that in the long run. You know, when you’re lying at the bottom of the drop thinking ‘ugh…someone should really put a fence up there.’ You know, that is, if you survive to the bottom of the drop.
Prevention is being proactive. It is making a healthy life happen for yourself, not waiting for it. It is not making excuses or saying you’ll start when you’re older. Prevention is BUILDING that brick wall. It’s PAINTING that fence. It’s SECURING that safety net.
So, I know you’re all doing those things because you’re all smart and proactive. Share this with someone you know who could use this kick in the tush to get up and make the healthy, long life everyone wants happen today.