Healthy Habits Series: Being Conscious of At Risk Behavior

We take risks in everything we do in life. Just getting up each day and driving to work is a risk. There is always the possibility that you will have an automobile accident. Going to bed at night we face the risk that we might die of a heart attack in the middle of the night. Yet, despite all of these risks there are many people that live to enjoy their old age and peacefully pass away surrounded by loved ones. Then on the other hand, one need only read the obituaries to see those whom are taken from life much before their time.

So what are we to do with the situation we are in? Are we to worry about everything that might happen to us? Or are we to ignore the risks and live life as we please? Obviously the answer lies somewhere between these two extremes. We must be aware of when we are tempting fate and just how much we are tempting it. We must minimize our risks but we must not let our fear hamper our life or cause us to do things that takes away from our enjoyment of life. After all, life is ultimately to be lived and the enjoyment of life is the one thing we should all strive for.

Ironically, the things in life that are most likely to kill us are the things in life that are the easiest to curtail and the least likely to impinge upon our lifestyle. Reducing fatty foods from our diet reduces our risk of heart attack. Wearing a seatbelt reduced the likelihood that we will be killed in an automobile accident. Wearing protection when engaged in sexual activity reduces the likelihood we will end up with a sexually transmitted disease. Exercising daily increases our overall lifespan in years protecting us from all forms of early demise. Driving at or below the speed limit further reduces our risks of fatal automobile accidents. Having healthy relationships reduces our stress level and this has a significant effect on our longetivity and overall health.

Do you see how many things we can do to increase our health with little or no effort? All of these things are relatively easy to do and hinder our lifestyle minimally. Thus, it behooves each and every one of us to take the extra time to make each of these activities part of our everyday lifestyle. By simply reducing the activities that contribute to illness and accidents we increase our longetivity and overall health level. It is the least any of us should do in pursuing a healthier life.

Can you take the time to make each of these activities part of your lifestyle? Can you do the extra work it takes to reduce your overall risk level so that you can have a longer period of time to enjoy the life you lead with your loved ones? Don't you owe it to those who care about you to take the extra steps to ensure a healthier life? I think so.