Life Maintenance

by 3baid

Have you thought about how much time and effort we spend just to maintain ourselves? Let’s start with our head and work our way downwards. First you got to maintain your hair. You have to trim it, wash it with shampoo, brush it or comb it to keep it in order. There’s an entire industry just to maintain hair. If that wasn’t enough, men have to maintain facial hair while women endure all kinds of pain to eliminate body hair.

Then comes the skin. Skin doesn’t require too much attention, except for regular washing and maybe some lotion to keep it from getting dry, but for some people, that’s not enough. They want a have a certain skin color or tone, or want have a soft texture without creases. I’m thankful for being a man. There’s an industry for that as well.

Lets move along to our head, or more specifically, our brain. Brains need sleep. Around 7 or 8 hours a day. That’s one-third of a day. We spend a third of our life sleeping. Or at least trying to. Sleeping keeps your mind sharp, your memory retained and your body repaired and ready to take on  a new day. It’s important to have an uninterrupted sleep on a comfy bed, otherwise you’ll wake up with a sore for the rest of the day. Yup, also an entire industry for mattresses, pillows, drugs and sleeping techniques!

Our faces also need regular cleaning: clean ears, clean eyes, clear nose, brushed and flossed teeth, fresh breath. Your nails and toe nails have to be clean and trimmed almost on a weekly basis. There’s an industry and a doctor for each one of those, you bet.

Something that many people maintain very little of these days is our muscles, namely the heart. We have to exercise. We have to rev up our cardiovascular system and get the blood flowing from time to time and unclog our arteries and veins. Most people’s jobs require them to sit on a chair for 6 to 8 hours (another third of your day!) and that doesn’t do you any good.

Finally, we need to eat and use the bathroom regularly. We can’t just eat anything, it needs to be a balanced diet to remain healthy. We need a wide range of fiber, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Yes, fats. No, fats don’t make you fat, eating and drinking sugars and carbs all day and not moving makes you fat. Get over it.

Even more essential than all of these is water. Your body needs to be well hydrated throughout the day. Wikipedia says that, on average, 57% percent of our weight is water. That means if you weigh 60 KG, 34 KG is water and 26 KG is the rest of you. Don’t even think about avoiding water to lose weight please. I keep telling people that weight is not a measurement of health, it’s a measurement of your bones (the heaviest part) and muscle (second heaviest part) and everything else. Fat cells weigh the least. You need more movement and less worry about weight.

Phew, that’s a lot of work! Let’s go over this one more time: Sleep for the first third of the day, be productive for the second third of the day, clean and maintain your body, eat well and move about in between your productive hours. Remember to please the five senses: look good, smell good, feel good, taste good eat well, and say positive things. Simple? Yeah I didn’t think so either. Try to make it a habit.