Figured I'd start this thread after reading others about high BP and other stuff. Maybe I've been blessed but I've always considered myself health conscious. Since I was a little kid I can remember wanting to rollersaket, ride bikes, throw the ball, run etc. As an adult, Gina and I had the four kids which was actually another blessing, many times in disguise I must say!
I was always out tin the garage pumping iron late at night after the kids hit the hay. After work we'd start little ball games with the neightborhood kids. Teaching kids to play ball, organization, teamwork and people skills were the benefits I thought I offered the kids that wanted to paticipate. I was happy with that, I stayed active and littel kids everywhere liked me and helped take care of my goods. If somone was snoopin' around the garage, heck I knew it and often chased away by my little buddies.
So staying active throughout the years has a played a big part, I believe. But another big part is having role models. Not good one, bad!..Watching the uncles and other relatives destroy their bodies through alcohol and other bad choices has influenced me to head the other direction. I remeber new years parties when my uncles would get drunk pound eachother then call the cops. ANd this was fun? I never thought so! Back in the sixties, I guess they had nothing better to do!
So after watching all this funky behavior and destroying of the body, I decided that I would always take care of my body. Never smoked, one beer every 5 years, nothing to do my temple harm. I played, I worked out, I tried to keep myself strong. I think it's worked so far! Never broken a bone, never been in the hospital, nothing ever more serious than a cold and flu!
My father drank plenty although he always did well in his career and other aspects of life. But at 35 he was seriously hit with diabetes, almost died and a mild heart attack. After I learned a bit more about health, I often asked him why he never exercised or tried to take care of himself. He said I would understand when I got old cause it gets harder. Well he was 35 back then. Now I'm 45 and still haven't faced any of the problems he had at a much younger age. Now he has some serious issues at 70. I ask if he thinks they might have been delayed if he had eaten better, exercised and avoided alcohol and smoking. Again, I don't understand cause I'm young. We'll see, I plan to keep riding into my 70's!
Well after all the racquetball, volleyball, running, cycling, pumping iron, dancing, jazzercise etc. I think it's paid. My brother, although more financially sound, has followed the same steps as my father. He's had high BP for a few years now, cholesterol problems, a threat of diabetes and numerous warning by the doc to exercise and watch the diet. Punk has more money but who really cares? We're doing well and I feel good!
I remember one day my father telling me that I acted like a big baby. He said I wasted my time. WHo cared that I could lift 330 lbs, run a 7 minute mile and ride my bike 100 miles. He told me that someday I would grow up. A few years later he tells me he was wrong!.. He now says he wished my bro would take care of himself like I did cause he aint taking his money with him where he's headed. Wow! Those words were worth gold to me! Then I knew I had chosen the right path!
SO I'm pretty happy that I've gone the right way my entire life. Besides a little OD on Ben and Jerry's, I've been lucky. Or is it luck! I get a little fat now and then but at any time can whip out a hundred on the bike, just a little slower.
I'm lucky to have a big clyde body of which to take care! Lucky to have a mind that says "play". But most happy that I could pass my mindset down to my kids. You don't what a joy it is to have my 27 yo daughter call me and say "Dad, I just ran my first 8 minute mile"!
Well, no cholesterol problems, no high BP, no diabetes or any other problems, and I'm happy! My plan from childhood was to remain strong, I think I have!. Well that's my story why and maybe it means nothing to any of the others. Just wonder if any of you have felt the same same about your health?
Not a kick to any of the others that have had medicals, just happy that I was so blessed. I know it's not everyone's main concern in life, just happy it was mine!
One of the young guys from the SoCal forum. He's a young guy and newbie to cycling. I dunno, I look at myself and still see one of the kids!