My Struggle with My Personal Health

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All of my life I have been overweight. I am currently 27 years old and for most of my adult life I have been trying to eat better and become more active. The amount of diseases that occur in my family startled me as I was filling out a questionnaire during my last doctor’s visit. My family history consists of alcoholism, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and depression. Most of these conditions are preventable with the assistance of a healthy diet and exercise. I am grateful to my access to healthcare. About 2 years ago I started going to a chiropractor and he introduced to me a whole new approach to becoming healthy. Every week I was getting my spine adjusted and he would teach me new stretches to keep my back strong. As I started taking care of my back, I started feeling better in general. I began to make better food choices and started walking more. In addition to back problems, I have other issues that tie to being overweight. Being overweight has made me under active in my daily life. Because of my weight, I have back problems and I am unable to keep as active as I would like. My weight also inhibits my ability to walk as long and as fast as I would like to. I think the most inflicting thing my weight has done to myself, is the depression I developed. Being overweight my confidence is not as strong as I would like. This makes me feel unmotivated. These are all things that can affect me as I age. As people age, there are primary aging changes that occur. These changes are called “primary changes” and include: wrinkles, grey hair and presbyopia (Abushakrah). Most people are going to go through these changes. In addition to these changes, there are “secondary changes” that include: cancer an... ... middle of paper ... ...ble than the traditional cardio workouts such as running on a gym machine. There is great music and instructors. It makes me want to go every time. Lastly, finding the time to get in extra walks has been working for me as well. When I have time in between classes, I put on my headphones and listen to an audiobook or music. It makes the time go by and it helps me get in some extra exercise. All of these things I am now doing in my life are realistic. Sometimes I wish I would have started sooner, but I was not ready to commit to my health. In addition to taking this course, I have learned a lot about my personal health. The act of writing this essay has helped me see the work I have been doing to change my life. Also, taking this course has helped me understand that we must take care of ourselves physically and mentally while we age to live a happier life.
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