How to Treat Your Body- Like a Precious Antique Car
Treat your body well so you can outlive your antiques!
I’ve heard people say in the past “Treat your body like a classic car.” I would rather treat my body like a precious antique car. You see, classic cars are “A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year, which has been maintained in or restored to a condition, which is substantially inconformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.” Antique cars have to be at least twenty-five years old under the same stipulations. I would rather hold out and become the fine-tuned antique car myself.
Here are some tips I brainstormed for all of us to treat our bodies like a precious, fine-tuned, antique automobile!
Don’t wait until your check engine light comes on or you break down to have something checked out/ fixed. If it feels different, is painful, or just doesn’t move like it used to, get it checked out! Use a specialist if you have to!
When driving, you shouldn't wait until you're on E (Empty) to fill up and you shouldn't top off. The same goes with eating. Stop eating when you're getting full; don't worry about cleaning your plate. Also, try to have a small healthy snack (an apple, a handful of nuts, a banana, or a 1/2 cup of yogurt) every few hours, if you need to, instead of waiting hours, or worse- skipping meals, and then devouring everything in sight.
If you notice a dent or chip, take a closer look at it (just like moles on our body) if you notice something new, odd, or uneven, check it out! And all of those extra dents and chips will diminish the value or your car as well as the value of your health!
Get insurance for the unexpected! That’s why you have to pay extra for uninsured motorists- you need to be covered in case something unfortunate happens-especially when it is not your fault!
Know your cars’ limits and your own. If you burn out of your driveway, redline your car, and shift forcefully, your car will not last as long. Think about your anger the same way. Remain calm and don’t get upset easily and rip through those gears! Think of your rpm’s like your blood pressure! Your car can’t function at high rpm’s all the time; sometimes it has to go down!
Refuel often- don’t wait until you are on (E) empty! Refuel your body the same way! Know the proper gasoline type and don’t put anything unnecessary in there!
Clean your car often! Have you ever been to a car show where the person eats, drinks, and smokes in their car? Do they have fast food wrappers everywhere? I think not. If you wouldn’t use your car as a dumpster, then why we eat all that garbage in the first place?
Inspections occur once a year- and even if you feel healthy- still meet with your doctor once a year too- that's why it's called a routine "check up" !
Don’t let your car sit in the garage and collect dust! At the very least, start it up often (especially during the winter); the same goes with your body, don’t sit around and complain about all your ailments, get up and get active!
Don’t just let your car sit and then take it on a cross-country drive and hope it makes it! Start with a walk around the block and build up to that marathon!
If your car is running “hot”, then take a break and let it cool down. The same with you; injuries happen when you keep pushing yourself beyond your known limits repeatedly - take a break every once in a while- ice your tired muscles!
Last, but certainly not least- Every once in a while, take it out of the garage, take the top off of it, show it off, and drive it like you stole it! I was talking about the car….Ladies, please don’t take your top off….you might get yourself an unwanted ticket!
I decided to write this article because I was reflecting on my own lifestyle and my families’, too. I pray that my own father will outlive his antique car; I fear that he may pass away early in life like his own father did. I wrote this so that people may reflect on their own lives and make positive changes in their lifestyle (for themselves and their loved ones) – don’t let any car…… [whether it is classic, vintage, or antique] be placed to rest before their time!
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