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Your hands may be the key to better health

Being heavily into music, I’ve seen Dan Rather interview professional musicians on his television show “The Big Interview” many times. He’s obviously very good at what he does. Not being a huge fan of the artist by the name “Jewel,” I was intrigued by this particular episode and clicked it on for a few minutes. Worth learning about, hers is a very inspirational story but the reason I’m writing this is because of one singular idea that she talked about … the fact that what your hands do can really tell a great deal about you.

So, I thought about it and, well, put my hands to work to type this column up.

“The hands are the servants of your thoughts.” If you regularly watch what your hands do, I believe it will tell you who you are as a person. All of your priorities, likes and dislikes, hobbies, your health status can all be demonstrated in what you do with your hands. What an amazing concept!

Although I’m wowed by the idea of listing the many examples that come to mind when processing the idea of this theory, I’m a health care provider and it is my ultimate duty to try to make people realize the importance of their own health.

So, what are your hands doing on a daily basis? Are they holding a smartphone and watching 20 second videos or scanning Facebook to see what everyone else is doing? Are they on your remote control flipping through hundreds of channels on the television to find something worthy? Are they working hard to do your job, take care of your family and home? Is there any time during your day where they are working to help you become or stay healthy and mobile so you can enjoy life with zest for as long as possible? If not, what should they be doing?

Go to the grocery store and use your hands to pick up plenty of vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fish, foods that are not laced with preservatives, sugar and man-made trash ingredients.

Use your hands to put down the processed foods, breads and candies that destroy your cells. Use your hands to hold a book that will teach you about good nutrition and exercise.

Take a look at your hands as you do push-ups, jumping jacks. Take a look at your hands as you take a brisk walk, go for a bike ride or simply stand up and sit down from your chair as many times as you can in a row (my favorite exercise for everybody by the way).

Put your hands to work for you … make that a priority and the rest of your body will thank you for years to come with the ability to get out and enjoy yourself.

“The hands are the servants of your thoughts.” They can either serve you well through helping you exercise and eating correctly, or they can slowly contribute to the breakdown of your body as you get older. But they don’t act alone … your thoughts must guide your hands’ actions.

I hope I’ve made you think more about your health and that I’ve given you a way to use the energy of your hands to help you live a healthier life.

Be good and do good!

Joel J. Digris is a Schuylkill County resident with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He is currently employed by Achieva Rehabilitation as an outpatient provider of physical therapy and serves residents in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties.

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