Over the past few weeks, several of my friends have told me that they were put on this medication or that medication by their doctors. The medications range from cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, inability to sleep and the one I hear the most? Medication to control adult onset Type 2 Diabetes.
When I ask my friends if their doctor had advised them to eat healthier and exercise daily, every single one of them told me no. I am dumbfounded. It truly makes you wonder who is benefiting from all the medication being prescribed and why our medical professionals find it so easy to prescribe a pill rather than sitting and talking to their patients about how they can make lifestyle changes so maybe they will not have to be on medication.
It is so easy to sit back and not do anything about our health but at the end of the day each of us is responsible for the body we live in. If you haven’t heard my mother’s story yet I’d like to tell you about her. She is 74 years young and will be turning 75 this year and lives in Ohio. Winters can be on the rough side in Ohio so most years she comes down and stays with my husband and myself for three months or so. The first time she came down I had started Zumba at Coach Becky’s gym and I loved it! I did not give her an option and just signed her up too and took her with me to class. She loved it!
The first year when she returned to Ohio, she was down 10 pounds and the doctor reduced her diabetes medication but she still had to take it along with thyroid medication. This past year she came down in December as she had in the past and I told her that I had an upcoming 5K that she would be participating with me. After her initial anxiety subsided, we started walking three times a week – she would walk and I would run. She started at 2 miles but was quickly up to 3.5 miles. The day of the 5K? She won her age division! This year when she went back to Ohio? Her doctor took her off her diabetes medication completely and has lowered the thyroid medication. Her increase in exercise allowed her to completely stop one medication and cut back the amount of another.
Getting started is the hard part but once you get moving, it will take about 2 to 3 weeks for this new activity to become habit for you. Your body will feel “off” on the days you don’t exercise. Add clean eating to the mix and you have a recipe for success along with the ingredients to reduce and even get rid of medications you might be on. The key is to take control of your health not only with what you do but by being an active participant when you visit with your doctor. Your doctor does not know what you may or may not be be doing until you tell him or her. If they are not on board with your getting healthy by eating right and exercising you might want to interview other doctors.
At the end of the day you cannot blame anyone but yourself for your health. Take control.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org