Many of us have heard of delayed maintenance cost, though it usually has to do with some sort of infrastructure. It is described the phenomenon which occurs when you delay fixing or maintaining something, increasing the cost of that action later in time.
This often happens at the municipal or state level when a government official wants to be seen as
“budget-conscious” and avoids spending money on maintenance since it usually isn’t a platform for re-election. If they are going to spend the money, they would rather erect something new and exciting which people can get behind and associate with their time in office. This leads to the point in which the piece of infrastructure, like a road, bridge, or building, gets to such a state in which repairing it costs a fortune.
This concept can also be applied to our health. For years we mistreat our bodies, fueling it with junk food, not staying physically active, ignoring pain instead of going to the physiotherapists, and worse. We overwork ourselves, put emotional and physical strain on our bodies, and are then surprised that once we hit 50, we start feeling unable to continue this kind of lifestyle. This is prime time for the development of different diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and more.
“Maintaining” your body throughout your life keeps you from needing to invest a lot of time and money in repair of your state of health. Though it is no guarantee, those who show their body the respect and love it deserves often see an easier transition into their elderly years.
Keeping your body in tip-top shapes includes the following maintenance:
Fuel Your Body Well
If you are willing to pay for premium gas for the turbo engine in your car, don’t you think that you should be paying some attention to the fuel you put into your body? Book an appointment with a nutritionist who will be able to customize a meal plan to your specific dietary needs. If you are overweight, this is an especially important part of keeping your body in prime condition. A healthy diet plan for weight loss can help not only shed weight but also prevent and control heart disease. No matter what your goals are, you’ll find eating lots of vegetables, lean meats, and fibrous grains is a good place to start.
Being in shape means something different to every person, but if you are finding it difficult to see the point of all the effort, think about the immediate benefits it brings. Being physically active on a regular basis will lift your mood, battle stress, build muscle, burn fat, and improve your health in a number of ways. Finding a sport or activity which you love will be the easiest way to commit to this type of “maintenance”, but take your time in trying different things which bring you both joy and health benefits.
While some of us see doctor’s visits as a waste of time, they are key to maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. There are routine diagnostic tests like blood tests, colonoscopies, prostate exams, mammograms and ultrasounds which give us insight into the real state of our health and assist in diagnosing issues early for fast and effective treatment. Doctor’s visits can also be a gateway to care by a medical specialist who will be able to more deeply examine the problems we are experiencing and assist with treatment.
So while you might be tempted and act like a mayor who doesn’t want to deal with mundane but expensive maintenance, don’t let a “sinkhole” appear in your life. Being more aware of your body motivates you to keep it in prime condition, and responsive when something is wrong and needs to be taken care of.