Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The 10 Commandments of Health

Do you know who George W. Culver was? I learned recently that in 1928 he was Congress’ first appointed doctor, serving for 38 years. I like his approach to wellness, his 10 Commandments of Health, because they’re based in moderation. Extreme approaches may work for a while, but they’re almost impossible to maintain, so I encourage moderation in almost all things.

Here are Culver’s 10 Commandments of Health:

1. Eat wisely.
2. Drink water plentifully.
3. Eliminate thoroughly.
4. Bathe cleanly. (Remember, it was 1928!)
5. Exercise rationally.
6. Accept inevitable; don’t worry.
7. Play enthusiastically.
8. Relax completely.
9. Sleep sufficiently.
10. Check up occasionally.

How do you fare on these? They are all areas I cover, so be sure to stay with me. As you go about making changes, take it one commandment at time. Keep in mind you can work on it gradually. For instance, rather than trying to sleep 45 minutes more each night, add ten minutes at a time until you reach 45 minutes. Once you’ve made a habit of your first goal, select another. It’s okay to start with the easier ones first. Success breeds success.

If you’d like help in any area, check out my website or give me a call. These 10 commandments are all about making lifestyle choices to help you look, feel, and be your very best!

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