“ Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s easy to forget that every choice we make in our health behaviors has long term effects. For example, the food we eat is either used for energy or stored longer term as fat.
Research shows the average weight gain for adults can be between 1 to 3 lbs per year ~ a ripple effect of 10 to 30 pound gain in a decade. To complicate things even further, adults who don’t strength train lose around 1% of muscle mass every 10 years after the age of 35…a ripple of significant muscle loss by the age of 70. Lack of aerobic exercise can ripple into a myriad of chronic lifestyle diseases as well.
Fortunately, the reverse of these stats is true as well. Good choices in healthy eating and exercise ripple forward into a future of good health ~ steady balance, strong muscles, positive energy, and the prevention of chronic diseases that can make aging rather difficult.
One can view a ripple effect as a single drop (behavior) that leads to future results. Another analogy is to think of a spider web of interconnected strands ~ disturb one strand and it ripples throughout the web.
Take time to think about the ripple effect of the choices you make everyday~ what kind of future are you creating for yourself? Are the messages you sending your body every day ones of love, care and growth or of neglect and decay?
To your good health!