I’ve fallen down on the job this week. I usually make it a point to post my blog by Monday of every week. Occasionally I’ve let it slip to Tuesday. This week it’s getting written on Wednesday. A week ago I hurt my back (probably just pulled a muscle), which led to me getting a cold. Between the two of them I’ve had a very low level of energy.
Once I got hurt last week I knew I was going to get sick. It never fails that when I mess with my usual combination of things that keep me healthy, I was destined to get sick. The cold had been going around my house for weeks and I wasn’t even getting a sniffle…until the back injury.
I have determined my formula for what keeps me healthy.
health = exercise + good nutrition + sleep – stress
If I can keep up a healthy schedule of exercise (3 times a week), eat a variety of foods including lots of fruits and vegetables, get a good nights sleep (7-8 hours) and have minimal stress, I can stay healthy. Whenever one of the factors gets way out of whack or two of them get a little out of whack, I invariably get sick. A lot of times this happens during the holidays when I may not be able to make it to the gym as often and I partake in all the holiday food. Or it happens when I’m on vacation and can’t fit real exercise in and eat a lot of unhealthy foods.
There’s a correlation between the factors so that if one starts to change it impacts the others: if stress increases then that usually impacts my sleep and I may make poor choices when it comes to eating. My back injury has impacted my ability to exercise and get a good night’s sleep so I was doomed to get sick from the get go.
My sister Andrea claims that ever since she started eating lots of onions and garlic she rarely gets sick. She’s a big bike rider in the summer, easily logging 30-40 miles on weekend days. I don’t think my family would appreciate me ingesting lots of those veggies given how pungent they can be.
I’m working on getting well enough so I can get back into a limited exercise regime, which should put me back on the road to health. Hopefully I can start to sleep better which will also speed my recovery.
Have you figured out what your formula is for staying healthy?