Being alive hurts! From the moment of our birth, we suffer traumas. Think about it: everything a newborn infant feels is for the first time. A little bit cold? Hungry? Gassy? These are all the WORST things that an infant experiences because they’ve never experienced anything else. The things that could be remedied with a bottle and a warm blanket become traumatic to them.
The same can be said for us as adults. We simply tend to grow into these pains much easier than a newborn infant. I remember a time, not so long ago, that I could hop out of bed after only a couple of hour’s sleep and hit the ground running. Train and work all day, study and write before going out with friends and spend half the night up. Bear in mind that this was all before I introduced coffee into my routine.
These days, a bit of cold weather makes my knees sound as though I’m walking through a room full of loaded mousetraps and I’m setting them all off. The pain is about the same, as well! My mornings start with a wave of fatigue that result in a daily battle of wills against my body’s instinct to simply lie back in bed and keep sleeping. Caffeine has become a required step in my daily routine as opposed to an enjoyable commodity (don’t kid yourself, I still enjoy it as a commodity as well)
The point is that I don’t recall how all these little pains got this point. They were so gradual that for the most part, I still remember being full of oomph instead of waking up full of oops! There is no defeating the ravages of time. That probably sounds a bit morbid, but it’s intended as a reminder of the importance of taking care of oneself.
From the Diabetes standpoint, exercise, proper nutrition and frequent testing are important as we get older in order to maintain ourselves. From everybody’s standpoint, being idle is extremely detrimental and can lead to all the aches and pains we begin to experience as a few extra birthdays come and go. So be sure to take good care of yourself and stay physically fit, Diabetic or not. ☯