On paper (or computer screen) I should be the last person to write a health blog as firstly, I’m a type 2 diabetic. However, after our son was born I decided to do something about it and lost a lot of weight and became… a health bore, telling even just casual acquaintances how much sugar is in things.
Secondly, sometimes my factual articles can come across as patronising, smug, condescending and occasionally just plain rude. Quite an achievement to get all four into one article.
For the first time in ages, this year has been a bit of disaster health wise for me, involving an eye infection, a week in hospital with sepsis and finally, at the moment, I’m sporting a badly bruised shoulder. The last one I can explain, short version of story… Dog + Bike = Ouch. To be fair to the dog owner, he was very upset about it. I said I was okay, left no contact details apart from my destination (place of work) that morning and rode off. A few days later he came into my work and asked for the ‘lad who came off his bike last week’ (lad! Win. I thought I’d stopped being a lad two decades ago), apologised again and offered to take me and the family out for a meal, which I declined but the thought was there.
Anyway back to the empowering bit. I thought as health is always in the news I would write a ‘How To’ article. So, here it is: Five Simple Ways To Empower Your Health.
My brother (don’t worry, he never reads my articles) was amazed to find that my wife and myself often walk to the local supermarket with a rucksack instead of taking the car. “Why would you do that?”, was the question. “Oh I don’t know.. health, global warming, Co2 emissions and half an hour of peace and quiet”, was my reply and recently when a major road bridge in my town shut and caused massive (and I mean massive) traffic jams, a pedestrian/cycle-path bridge became overnight like Blackpool prom. Now the road bridge is open it’s gone quiet again. If all those people could walk to work (or park up a mile away and walk the rest) a month ago, why can’t they now?
I’m not saying go out rambling in the countryside for miles at the weekend, (if you can though that’s great, free …