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  1. 1. ==== ====Control Portions and Boost your WorkoutBoost Your Workout==== ====Everyone has heard that to be healthy you have to exercise, eat well, get a good nights sleep andjust as importantly be happy. These are four cornerstones of good health. The lifestyle of a truckdriver is not always conducive to being healthy. Truckers wake up early, eat, drive, eat, drive somemore, then sleep for a few hours and start all over again - not necessarily the healthiest lifestyle!Many prevalent health problems in the general population include heart disease, cancer, diabetes,back pain, depression and fatigue, which are influenced by our lifestyle. Simple lifestyle changescan help reduce these problems.In order to understand the importance of good health, it is first essential to have a proper definitionof health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as "a state of complete physical,mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." There are manypeople who believe that if they are not sick or in pain, then they are healthy - but considering theWHOs definition of health, this is not necessarily true. Being healthy is a state in which everything(physical, mental and social) is in sync and the body is functioning to its optimum potential.Good health allows us to enjoy life to the fullest. Some of the important benefits of being healthyinclude, increased energy, less stress, less fatigue, the ability to fight off infections and generallyfeeling physically stronger and happier. The daily stresses of the trucking lifestyle can at times beoverwhelming. The healthier you are, the better you will be able to cope with the daily grind of lifeon the road. That sounds good to me! So the next time that car cuts you off, think about yourhealth, take a few deep breaths and think positively, your body will thank you.It is never too late to start making changes to become healthier. Small changes, for example, suchas eating a salad instead of french fries; having water instead of Coke and a grilled chickensandwich instead of a burger a couple of times a week; are a great start. Walk a bit more, sleep abit more and smile a bit more. These are small changes that are easy to make and that will have ahuge impact on your overall health and well being. The good news is that once you start you wontbe able to stop, because you will feel so good!Too many people make the mistake of thinking they are healthy, when actually they are not. Pain,is what most people consider when evaluating their health. Unfortunately, pain is not the bestindicator of your health. Pain is a symptom, and a warning signal from your body letting you knowthat something is wrong. But prior to this pain signal, damage can be occurring without you evenknowing.For example, suppose you wake up one morning with a toothache. You go to the dentist and aretold you have a cavity. Do you think that cavity just occurred that morning? No. It has likely takenmonths or even years for the cavity to gradually grow to the point where you will begin toexperience some discomfort. For the past couple of months, although you felt no pain, the health
  2. 2. of your tooth was poor.The same is true for the rest of your body. How healthy do you think the persons heart was theday before a heart attack? Probably, not very healthy. So, pain is really not always the bestindicator of health. Regular visits to your eye doctor, dentist, medical doctor and regularchiropractic care are great ways to stay healthy and catch small problems before they become bigones. Prevention is the name of the game!Remember that pain is a symptom; it is your bodys way of letting you know that something iswrong. It is not always the first symptom to appear, but when it does appear it is a definiteindication that there is a problem and should not be ignored. Imagine driving down the road andthe engine warning light on your dashboard comes on. This is a good indication that there mightbe a problem. Now imagine ignoring this light for days, weeks or even years because your truck isstill running so you figure it must be okay. Imagine what kind of damage is being done to yourengine if you simply decide to wait and see if it will go away. Even worse, imagine sticking a pieceof tape over the light so you can no longer see it. Would this solve your problem?Definitely not, but believe it or not, this is how some people choose to respond to the pain signalsfrom their body. They experience back pain, headaches, leg pain, toothaches and they simply takepainkillers that work by blocking the pain signals. These medications do nothing to correct theunderlying problem, but simply mask the pain symptom.As with a truck it is easier, quicker and less expensive to fix small problems in your body beforethey become big problems. Better yet, its much easier to take proper care of your body to preventthese problems from developing (regular oil changes and tune ups). Some live in pain every dayand think it is normal - but its not. Take care of your body and pay attention to warning signals.Unlike a truck, your body cannot be replaced when it breaks down!Dr. Jerry Singh is a Chiropractor working in London, Ontario at Westown Chiropractic. He alsoworked at Trans Canada Chiropractor in Woodstock, Ontario where he catered to the truckingindustry. His website is http://www.WestownChiropractic.comArticle Source: ====
  3. 3. Control Portions and Boost your WorkoutBoost Your Workout==== ====