Fit & Fab Friday: 20s and 60s

I was just talking with a customer on the phone and we venture into the topic of health. I knew he had a serious gastric issue last year and asked him how is he now. He went on a little further to reveal his weight issues and thereby leading to high blood pressure. Well, I’m a little shock to know about these. I mean he is so young. He is only in his late 20s now. How can he be suffering from all these?

I then share with him something my Chinese Physician told me:
二十三十去找病 五十六十病找你

Direct translation would mean that when we are in our 20s and 30s, we went to find illness. When we reach 50s and 60s, illness came to find us. In a nutshell it means that during our 20s and 30s, we feel that we are young, so we don’t take care of our body (thereby “going” to find illness). When we reach our 50s and 60s then we realize that our body is no longer healthy. All the bad habits from our younger days have slowly affected our health. Hence, illness starts to come and “find” us.

I don’t know why but I was greatly impacted by this sentence, although its nothing really new. Maybe its how the sentence was presented, it makes me think twice about all the bad habits I have. Especially now that I’m a mother, I need to stay healthy for the whole family.

So what are some of the bad habits we can kick in order to stay Fit?

  • Exercise
    Ah~ this is the obvious but also the most difficult (for me at least). I have told myself that I will spend every Wednesday lunch to work out at the office gym. But three Wednesday have pass, I have yet to do any workout yet. I must do it next week.
  • Avoid cold drinks
    This I think is slightly easier. I have been trading my cold drinks for something hot. It helps that the weather is cold these days. I have tried to avoid drinking bubble tea for a few weeks. And promise myself I will only indulge once every 2 weeks (for now) at most. Sometimes, I totally skip the drinks and opt for the healthier plain water.
    Ice-water at restaurant has also been traded for warm water.
  • Avoid fried and oily food
    Lucky for me I don’t fancy oily food. As they make my gastric real bad. I will be burping like crazy. So I have been avoiding oily food for a while. But fried food is something that gives me a harder time. Sometime you don’t see the oil “dripping” and you somehow felt that it is not so oily. But alas, we are deceived by the outlook. We have bought an air fryer to help us in this area. But my final aim is to really keep them to the minimum.

Some of the bad habits are easier to kick. Some are harder. But I think we should all give it a try. Not only for ourselves but for our love ones.

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