One of the more surprising – and hopeful – things I’ve noticed about my life is how often the best things and the worst things that happen to me are the same things.
Fifteen years ago, for instance, when test results showed that my bones were losing density at a dangerous rate, my doctor laid out before me the possibility of an agonizing end of life. Frankly, this was unambiguously Bad News.
The recommendation was that I start immediately on a regime of biphosphonates. As I’ve laid out in this blog under the topic of osteoporosis, I decided instead to radically alter my life style, changing my eating habits, started taking calcium supplements and engaging in 30 minutes of targeted exercise daily.
The Good News isn’t just that tests over the last 15 years show that I have increased my bone density and am no longer osteoporotic.
The seriously Good News is all of the other benefits that seem to be flowing from what I have called my FAB-FIBS.
I’m not talking about fabulous fibs I tell myself. It’s my daily routine of Flexibility, Aerobic, and Balance exercises, followed by another series of Flexibility, Impact, Balance and Strength exercises. The benefits are multiple. My strength and energy levels have not degenerated as fast as they other-wise would. I find that I get an amazing psychological boost from the increased serotonin generated by exercise, and just as surprising, I also find solutions to problems while I’m exercising that evade me when I think about them sitting at the computer screen. Research suggests that I’m also reducing my chances of cardiac arrest and cancer.
Now seriously: isn’t that really Bad News that is one of the best things that could have happened to me?