12 July 2018, by John Agliata, Digital Marketing Manager
My father was the ultimate at keeping machines running. There was no lawn mower too old, no vacuum too broken, no car too far gone for him to try to fix.
Many men are like that. We are the tinkerers, the fixers, the improvers. Machines are the playgrounds of our lives.
With one exception.
Statistically speaking, we do a comparably poor job of keeping our most important machine fine-tuned. I’m talking about the one that allows us to continue breathing and able to wear the many hats God has for us to wear.
The human body is an amazing machine, but it’s a machine prone to break down without quality, regular care.
Fortunately, the frequency of these breakdowns can be slowed. For a car, you change the oil to make sure important internal parts operate smoothly or you change the shocks to give yourself a smoother ride. Essentially, you invest in preventive care to keep your machine from having too many major malfunctions.
But you know what? Chances are, your machine still will experience a malfunction. A tire will blow. A belt will break. The air conditioner will conk out.
Now think of your personal machine – your body. Preventive maintenance is the key to limiting the likelihood of major malfunctions.
That means actually going to the doctor even when you’re not suffering from the plague (otherwise known as The Man Cold).
Finding a highly rated doctor with a skillset that statistically leads to more healthy patients is the first step. A good doctor is like that always-sought-after and highly elusive skilled and honest mechanic who can help keep your machine in optimal condition. Take advantage of this rare find.
Concordia Plan Services makes this easy for you. We have partnered with Grand Rounds, a service that enables you to easily find a doctor rated in the top 10 percent in the nation, right in your area. Take Step One today.
Now, all the preventive maintenance in the world isn’t going to mean anything if you then take your car out and drive it past its limits, taking curves at three times the suggested speed and keeping the pedal to the metal on the highway until something starts smoking.
But that’s exactly what many of us do with our bodies. We do something great like get some preventive screenings and call it good. We forget that our daily breakfast is two bags of chips, a doughnut and three cups of coffee. We also think that because we’re fixers and tinkerers and avoid gobs of couch time that we’re actually active.
Just because you’re tinkering doesn’t mean your ticker is in tip-top shape. “Active” means getting your heart rate up (Friday night bowling league doesn’t count, especially when you pair it with pizza and bowling-alley French fries). “Healthy” means pairing true activity with a sensible diet.
What it really comes down to is taking the next step. If you spend most of your time just tinkering on things around the house and have an unhealthy diet, don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you should be running a marathon and falling in love with quinoa in a month.
But ask yourself: What’s my next step? Is it a brisk 10-minute walk twice a day and some small improvements in your diet? Then once you’ve mastered that, ask what your next step is. A machine isn’t built by throwing all the pieces together in any haphazard order. Your personal machine can’t be built that way either. It’s doing Thing A, followed by Thing B and followed by Thing C.
How do you know your A, B and C? Circle back to the “go to your doctor when you don’t have the plague” thing.
Preventive maintenance and good self-care go hand-in-hand. Because listen guys: We are complicated machinery, and complicated machinery needs regular attention.
Use Grand Rounds and make that doctor’s appointment. Find out what your next step is. Then take action. More than your hot rod, pickup truck or gas-friendly family car, you – yes, you – are worth it.