By: Dr. Jonathan Tait – 5.31.2016

Each year, on the last Monday of May, we celebrate Memorial Day.

Yesterday, I hope your Memorial Day was much more than an extra day off from work, a backyard barbeque, or the conclusion of a nice long weekend with friends.

Originally it was instituted as a day of remembering those who died during the Civil War. Eventually it expanded to become a day to honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who gave their life fighting to secure the freedom of our country.

If you didn’t yesterday, than pause for a minute now and consider how much we owe to the men and women who have given up their lives in the pursuit and defense of our freedom.

We can become very accustomed to living with this freedom in our country, and it can become easy to take it for granted.  It is hard to appreciate it when we do not know anything different.

It takes true warriors to build a country where freedom is the rule, rather than the exception. It takes brave and fearless men and women who willingly volunteer to face enemies at home and abroad.

We can honor those warriors wounded, and those who have passed, and those actively serving, by seeking to emulate their fearless courage to fight against the destructive forces facing our country.

Warriors Fight

What happens when the enemy is not confronted and defeated?

The enemy wins and forces their will on the innocent and less powerful.

Your enemy is the typical, unhealthy lifestyle that nearly everyone around you is living. A lifestyle that puts far too many Americans in either an early grave, or greatly compromises the quality of their life for many years, before they die.

 

This enemy is particularly deadly for two reasons:

1.  It can be silent and difficult to recognize

  • The status quo is comfortable.
  • Many patients that cross my pass accept this to be “the way it is”, with very little contemplation of a healthier lifestyle.

Of course you eat dessert after dinner.  Of course you grab a doughnut on the way to work.  Of course you do not exercise the recommended 150 minutes minimum per week.

And of course you are overweight, sick and in pain.

Isn’t everyone?

No. It seems that way, and the numbers are expanding, but it does not have to be the case for you.

2.  It leads to illness, early disability and death.

  • If you follow the status quo of the American diet and lifestyle, there is a strong likelihood that you will become increasingly tired, weak, sick and in pain.
  • It will not get better unless you proactively choose to battle against this enemy.
  • If you are not brave enough to battle, you will get worse with each passing year.
  • The end result is dependence on others, and dependence on an increasingly costly healthcare system.

Will you be a warrior? 

Do you know what your enemy is?  

Are you willing to fight to free yourself of poor health, poor function, or pain ruining your quality of life?

Memorial Day is a perfect day to reflect on those who have fought bravely.

It is also a perfect day to memorialize the one biggest enemy that stands in your way to achieving better health, function, or a life free of pain.

Identify your enemy and then find the right people to band together with to push this enemy back for good. There is power in numbers. You do not have to do this alone.

Resisting the tide of ‘normal’ unhealthy eating and “sedentary-ness” is no walk in the park.  It is a battle. You have to press in and fight like a warrior.

It will not be easy and it is not always fun.

The result however – energy, vitality, strength, mental clarity that will be your new ‘normal’ way of life –  will be worth every bit of effort and sweat you put into it.

We are 100% behind you.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest, our mission each week is to create warriors willing to battle against the status quo of the unhealthy American lifestyle…and a healthcare system that seems to be failing on all fronts.

Have you battled before and failed?

Forget the past.

You can honor and learn from the past, but leave it in the past.

It doesn’t matter what your track record is with your fitness and health.

Memorialize the past.

Focus on the future. Your future.

Find your motivation, find your support team to band together with, and then go to battle everyday.

 

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