Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I devote more and more time to body maintenance

When did body maintenance get so complicated?  The older I get the more time it takes to keep my body functional and reasonably fit.    

The morning starts with exercises.  Well, actually it starts with dog petting.  But after affection is sufficiently dispensed, I do exercises. I do crunches for core strength, triceps push-ups to counteract granny flap, and back exercises for my shoulders to counteract computer hunch. 

Next I use prescription eye drops for dry eye. Then I put salicylic acid on my chin for acne.  Acne that I never had as a teenager, mind you. It hardly seems fair that I get it now.  Although, honestly, it would have bothered me more back then. 

Then there is collagen for the deep wrinkles between my eyes caused by squinting because I'm too lazy to grab my reading glasses.  If the wrinkles get too deep, they actually start to hurt.  No one warned me about that.   

Recently I started using spot lightener to counteract the years of my misspent youth when I didn't use sun screen.  But honestly, no one had heard of sun screen when I was a kid.  The jury is still out on whether the spot lightener works. 

After that moisturizers on my cheeks which I don't dare apply to my chin, unless I want more of the aforementioned acne.  The facial moisturizer is too light to fight turkey neck.  So I use a different, thicker moisturizer on my neck.  

Of course, I floss and brush my teeth. I want to have my real teeth when I turn 80.  Well, one is already a crown, but the rest are real and I want to keep it that way. 

Sigh.  Then downstairs to take my vitamins and pills.  I take vitamins to keep my brain clear, to strengthen my bones, to lubricate my muscles, and to give me energy.  Plus a probiotic and a pill for erosive esophagitis caused by too many years of aspirin use. 

Besides all this, I go to the gym four days a week to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol under control, and to maintain a general fitness level.  I'm told I should be going five days a week. Seriously?  I need time to actually enjoy the life I am working so hard to maintain. 

At this rate, by the time I'm 80, my entire day will be devoted to maintaining my health.  

It's no wonder people retire from work.  They don't have time to spare.  

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