“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” ~Benjamin Franklin
A lot of people like to wait until it’s too late before they make lifestyle changes for the better. Some people get confirmation from their family physician on “if you don’t stop smoking your lunges will be damaged,” or “If you continue with this lifestyle then you WILL either get diabetes, develop high blood pressure, or even die prematurely.”
That’s not something you want to hear when you are in your 20s or 30s, but due to being young and naive you develop this habit of “Illusion of Control.” Illusion of Control, coined by Ellen Langer, means that you tend to overestimate your ability to control events that happen in your life. An example, “I know my body and I know I’m not as bad and out of shape as some people” or even “I’m too young for that to happen to me.” Sedentary illness can happen at any age whether you are young or even retired from work. If you don’t move and get the blood flowing throughout your entire body then plaque can accumulate around your arteries causing atherosclerosis, or even hardening of the vessels leading to arteriolosclerosis which are both associated with hypertension and diabetes mellitus.
The sooner you become consistently active the lower your chances of developing these preventable diseases. Daily activities can be in the form of running, walking around the block, swimming, and even gardening.
Instead of spending little to no time and money in prevention just doing a few activities a week, imagine the money you would have to spend in the process of being cured from a disease such as (doctor visits, increases in insurance, medications involved, the inconvenience of pain and suffering of the disease, and the sense of being uncomfortable.) So be active, get moving! You can save a life, or even help influence a friend to improve their well-being.