How well do you take care of your car? Do you change the oil and filter every 5,000 miles? 10,000? Do you wash it, and vacuum the inside? Or is the inside littered with trash, empty food containers, and other sundry items? And the only time your car hits the car wash is after someone writes "wash me" on the dusty windows? Perhaps the maintenance and care of your vehicle lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
Our vehicles take us to our place of employment, destinations of leisure and play, and to the stores and places that allow us to function in the world. Our bodies are like our cars. They need to be maintained, cared for, and only the best fuel poured in for the highest functioning. Too often, though, we neglect our bodies. We take for granted this magnificent vehicle of muscle, cartilage, blood, organs and tissue. We mistakenly think that there is a life time warranty on our personal "vehicle" -- no maintenance required.
What we eat, what we think, what we say is the fuel for our bodies. Are you using the highest octane fuel possible? Just as important is a balance of rest and movement. We need to move our bodies, and also know when to turn the "engine" off and rest.
Take a moment and reflect on the care of both your car and body -- is there a discrepancy? Are you taking better care of your car than your body?