Preventative Maintenance for Yourself and Your Loved Ones
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear preventive maintenance? Most of us would think of cars and oil changes. But those two words should not only apply to automobiles but the human body as well. You wouldn’t wait until the pistons in your engine seize before routinely changing your oil would you? So why would you wait until you have bone and joint issues before you start paying attention to your calcium intake?
When I began my bodybuilding career over 2 decades ago I primarily focused on bringing my best physique to the table and longevity wasn’t really a concern. I grew up the “skinny kid” so felt rewarded for every ounce of muscle I’ve been able to build over the years. I trained hard and heavy until I was sore for days and on some occasions couldn’t walk out of the gym after an intense leg session. I would occasionally sustain some minor injuries but would stubbornly push through the pain to reach my goals. I not only accomplished my goal of becoming a professional drug free bodybuilder but also remaining competitive at the Pro level and placing Top 3 in most of my shows.
However, the past few years, things have changed. I am now married and blessed to have two amazing daughters so longevity has become one of my top priorities. I am constantly asked, “Why are you always wearing a weight belt? Why do you wrap your knees when you train knees? Do you have knee problems?” I simply smile and answer, “Preventive maintenance!” I want to remain healthy for my kids so I will do my best to ensure that I remain injury free and continue to train smarter and not necessarily harder in the gym.
We’ve been taught to start investing in our retirement fund in our 20’s. I also recommend starting in our retirement HEALTH in our 20’s! Ensure that you get enough calcium in your diet to keep your bones healthy and strong for the years to come. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your skin healthy. I recommend at least 6-8 12 ounce glasses a day and more if you’re exercising. Begin your “preventive maintenance” early and keep your heart healthy. Heart disease IS the leading cause of death in the United States.
Remaining healthy is a lifestyle for me and my family and not a chore. We enjoy the healthy food we eat and I even have a hard time getting our 3 year old to order something else other than broccoli when we venture off to eat. If there are healthy foods that you don’t enjoy eating then simply find a substitute. Not only will your body thank you but your loved ones will in the years to come.
Charles “Skeletor” Fuller