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The chances of me standing on my Soapbox to those outside my immediate family circle are slim to none, but today I feel compelled.

 

While I was laboring over what to write about this week, I looked toward every corner to not write about what was in my heart. And after hours of wasted time, I came right back to it: Health. My family laughs when I give them that “mothers sideward glance”; then they put the unhealthy item back on the shelf or hide it until I’m out of sight. 🙂

 

Last week, while I was in New York, I asked the question “How has technology enhanced your summer or even your life.”

 

For me, my iPod has been that one piece of technology that has single-handedly enhanced my life; most notedly, my health life. It has pushed me through every workout that I just didn’t feel like completing, been my companion through hours of solitary tennis serves, and helped me breathe through the many yoga poses I’ve twisted my body into. 

 

Being health aware, I’ve scoured the App Store of the many health conscious and exercise related apps. And yes, “there’s an app for that”, even if your need goes no further than walking. But, whether you use technology to aid or enhance your health or not, the bottom line is that you just do something other than look at the weights lying on the floor, as you pass them by; or use the exercise bike as a clothes rack. 

 

What has this all to do with my Soapbox?

As big sisters do, I’m going to have a long talk with my brother as we lay him to rest; who as years past by, looked at the weights lying on the floor, as he, too, passed them by.

 

And you, there’s someone who might love and miss you…find that technology that pushes you to better health; ball, shoes, app; and pick up that weight.

 

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  • Nina

    Thanks Chita, we all need to be reminded at times about the importance of taking care of ourselves, if not for ourselves, then at least for the sake of our loved ones.

  • calvin

    We quib back and forth on this blog. This is one time when I just read and take it in.

    When you feel compelled to stand on your soapbox, do so by all means.

    It’s always good to know that there are choices and there are ways to get to those choices …. sometimes through technology.

    If I read this right, I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family.

  • Thanks for the very timely and valuable blog. Last February, I had a cardiac stress test which I failed at Stage 1. I then had a cardiac catheterization which showed a severe blockage of a coronary artery, necessitating a balloon angioplasty and a stent. My cardiologist said I would have had a major heart attack within six months. I’m now on a low-salt, low-sugar, low- cholesterol, low-fat diet and take Plavix and Crestor and exercise fairly regularly. If I’d had the test a year ago, I’d have been able to avoid surgery and drugs thru diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, I’m not overweight and don ‘t smoke and I consider myself very lucky to have had my “wake-up” warning.
    I now bug my relatives and friends regularly to adopt more healthful habits and several have changed their lifestyles. Stay on your soapbox and keep talking.

  • Please accept my condolences, Chita, on the loss of your brother.

    I haven’t exercised in over a week. Consider me inspired: I’ll definitely go to the gym in the morning.