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My best advice for your health? Use your time wisely!

If you are fortunate enough to have time to sit down and relax and look out into the world around you and think about how little you are compared to the grand size and expansion of the universe, it changes how you think about things. So too does reflection on just how short our time is here on earth.

If we are lucky, we may live to see an 8 or 9 in front of our age. One of the things that I hope for myself, my family, and all of you is the ability to look back with no regrets.

Within the context of my professional life, I believe deeply in a few things: The importance of exercise and the importance of eating to provide fuel for your body.

If we take the time to take care of our bodies, the time we have to use those bodies to enjoy life should be extended as much as possible. That’s why we need to use our time wisely.

Life today is filled with more sitting and watching other people do things through TV shows, social media etc. Life today is filled with more processed, unhealthy foods that are proven to take years from our lives. Years!

A year has 525,600 minutes and some of life’s greatest moments are no longer than a minute! So, why not give yourself a chance to experience as many minutes as you can by taking care of yourself.

Take the time to learn how to eat properly. Use your TV show or social media time to do research. It’s not hard to find the best evidence on what is the best fuel for your body and what is actually damaging your cells. Start with getting rid of sugar and processed foods and stay out of the drive-thru. The rest is easy to find.

Take time to move your body. Remember physics class? A body in motion tends to stay in motion. That is absolutely true for humans. Take time to learn how to exercise and what is appropriate for your age. Some activity is better than none. Move more and sit less.

It helps your body AND your mind and your emotional well-being. The science is all over the internet. You know, that little box you look at for hours a day. CDC.gov is a great source for this information. Use your phone or iPad time wisely!

Did you know that the measure of your waistline is directly related to your health? It’s true. A bigger waistline means fewer minutes of life.

Exercise and eat right and you can change all of this. Whatever is important to you should make it important enough to prioritize.

Gain back some minutes by starting to be healthier today. Use your time wisely. Be 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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