Yes, you’re seeing correctly. This is a picture of a treadmill.
Why, you ask?
Recently, it’s been brought to my attention again–and quite forcibly when a 22-year-old woman died from stomach cancer–that my body is the only one I’ve got, and it’s my job to take better care of it.
In the past ten years, due to my sedentary lifestyle, I have gone from being a somewhat active athlete–swimming, tennis, jogging, soccer, etc.–to primarily sitting at my desk preparing my lessons, grading papers and exams, and viewing the all-important Korean dramas and recapping. 🙂
After witnessing several deaths and serious illnesses around me in the past few months, I’ve made a number of little changes, changes that I hope will go the distance in keeping me healthier and happier: daily vitamins, a gradual increase of vegetables and fruits and a corresponding decrease of meats and fats in my diet, earlier sleep time (although it’s still a struggle to get to bed before 1AM), and more recently, the purchase of a rather costly treadmill–compliments of my surgeon sister–to keep me exercising daily. I no longer have any excuse not to work out…other than that I don’t want to work out. LOL. Seriously, though, it’s been great because I can check email while I power walk on the treadmill or even watch an episode of my Kdrama. Yup, The King of Dramas is going to keep me company on my morning walks starting tomorrow. 🙂
I’m hoping that the little things that I am doing now will stay the test of time and truly keep me healthier and less stressed. It’s so easy to ignore the little things and focus on the “big” things when in reality, it’s so much easier to make big impacts by doing the little things. I hope that makes sense. I often forget that little (easy) things can make such profound changes. For instance, a small hello can brighten someone’s day and radically alter the day’s outcome for that person. A bill paid on time can prevent unnecessary charges, minimizing stress and negating any unnecessary aggravation. A decision to sleep early can help one’s body get the much-needed sleep to replenish the body for another hectic day of school or work. All in all, these little things add up.
I’m hoping that as I approach the end of another year, I can incorporate these small changes I’ve made recently so that they become permanent ones, ones that help me be the best me I can be. 🙂
I’m curious to hear what “little things” some of you have done to live healthier lives. Please share them with me because I plan to live until I’m 97, God willing. 🙂
On a fun note, I’m one of those silly people who names her possessions. My car is named Sebastian, my computer is named Einstein IV (I was an Apple classic, II was an IBM Thinkpad, and III was a Toshiba), etc. Any suggestions on a name for my new acquisition? What might be an appropriate name for a treadmill?