Remember growing up and hearing your parents ask you, “Are you a leader or a follower?” You probably heard that question after making a poor choices with your friends. Of course, our parents want us to be leaders, right? Because being a follower implies that we simply do what others are doing without question. It is important to own our sense of individuality and think about the decisions we are making. We can still end up doing what others are doing but at least we thought it through and decided that it was the best decision for ourselves.
Over the course of recent history there have been countless products that were initially thought to be safe only to be discounted later as unsafe. The most obvious examples are cigarettes, sacchrine, lead, asbestos, and high fructose corn syrup. Still, how many people continue to smoke, live, work or play in an unsafe environment, or consume unhealthy foods and drinks? We know the dangers, do we not?
When it comes to our health and aging well, we need to take the lead rather than be lazy with how we care for ourselves. If we don’t, we could take unnecessary years off our life, not to mention possibly lower the quality of our life.
In the field of chiropractic care, many are aware of the countless benefits. They may even know someone who sought a chiropractors care and had their pain resolved. Yet, these same people continue to choose to either live in pain, take pain medications to cope, or seek a surgical solution that may only create other issues down the road. Why would they make these choices? Same as why people still continue to smoke, drink diet sodas, or eat highly processed foods. Is it just easier to live that way? Is it easier to follow instead of lead?
Take time to think about the choices you are making regarding your most valued asset, your health. Could you make better choices each day to ensure you enjoy the best health possible as you age?