Did you see the news item about the Marathon Runner who won Third Place After Literally Crawling Over Finish Line? http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Austin-Marathon-Runner-Crawls-Over-Finish-Line-36885011
At first I thought wow that is gutsy determination and it was. I have to admit that I’m a little like that as I don’t like to give up on anything – my family and friends will agree with that statement!
However, we should always keep in mind that ‘Everything in Moderation’ is the key in anything you do in life – eating, drinking, exercise, work. I’m not saying that you should only give half of your best but sometimes you need to tone it down a little. You can enjoy life’s pleasures without being extreme.
I love to exercise and keep fit, especially as I am getting older and Sizzling Towards Sixty! You can’t sizzle without being fit and healthy. Sometimes though I can overdo it and my body will let me know.
A few weeks ago I was running with my Saturday Sisters and halfway through the run my chest started to tighten and I just couldn’t go on. I tried but my body rebelled. I had all the symptoms of a heart attack which was quite frightening at the time.
A trip to the hospital where I was hooked up to heart monitors, blood taken and an ECG fortunately showed that my heart was in great condition. The prognosis was Costochronditis which is “inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum”.
The symptoms are very similar to a heart attack, however in my case I’d just been doing too many pushups!!!
My point is that I was pushing myself and not listening to my body and the result was that I had to rest up for a week or so. Needless to say I won’t be breaking any ‘push up world records’ in the future!
Determination and dedication in whatever you do is commendable and the sense of achievement fulfilling. This determination should not impare your health. Life is for living and enjoying every moment.
So here is the secret – ‘Everything in Moderation including Moderation’. You can eat that ‘naughty’ food occasionally, enjoy that extra glass of wine or run that marathon – as long as it is occasional and not the norm. Keep to the 80/20 rule – 80% good and 20% naughty.
Living a healthy and fit lifestyle will allow you to indulge in the pleasures of life without doing too much damage.