What if someone told you, when you turned 16, that they were going to give you a car, free of charge, but the only hitch was: 1. you did not get to pick it out, and 2. it would have to last you the rest of your life? That’s right, no trading it in for another one, you had to maintain it so well that you would outlast it, rather than it outlasting you.
Well, if you apply the analogy to you and your body, you will appreciate the point I am trying to make – we don’t get to choose our body, and we have to take care of it so that it runs well for a long, long time. If not, our time here is not very long, or very enjoyable.
If one had to take care of a car well enough to make it last eighty or ninety good years, one would take great care of the vehicle, inside and out. One would give it only the highest grade fuel, monitor it for signs of wear, and routinely stay on top of oil changes, tire rotation, tune ups, and so on. So why is it some people are so cavalier about their “personal vehicle”, i.e. their body? At this point, it is common knowledge, supported by scientific fact, that regular, strenuous exercise, along with sound nutrition and good sleep habits, extend our “warranties” way beyond those of the average life span.
The best investments always pay off “down the road”; invest in your health now, so that you have a long, pleasant ride in the years to come.