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Your Health – Little Things Add Up In A Big Way

You sometimes don’t see how little things affect your health.

This cumulative effect of small changes is true for many other areas of life as well.

I got a clear reminder of this recently. My wife pays the household bills. She is really good at taking care of details and handling this kind of chore. When a bill comes in, she always looks it over. And if there is anything odd, she hunts down the reason.

When last month’s water bill came in, she noticed a major difference. The payment amount was somewhat higher. But the real difference was the amount of water used. It had gone up from a typical 8,000 gallons to 14,000 gallons. That is a 75% increase!

The drip was very slow. But it had gone on for over a month. What made it odd is that we didn’t use water any differently than normal.

The local water utility folks came out and found that there was a slow, steady leak. And they localized it to the outdoor drip watering system. This very gradual leak over time added up to a major change in water usage.

We found the source of the leak and fixed it. But the experience was a great reminder that small invisible changes add up. And over time they make a big difference.

How can you take advantage of this knowledge to improve your health?

The best way is to pay attention to small details. For example:

  • Speeding Weight Loss: By adding a small amount of extra activity each day, you will lose more weight. You might walk up and down stairs instead of taking the elevator. or you could take a short walk at lunch time. You could also skip dessert. Or you might eat one less snack during the day.
  • Improving Your Diet: You could eat a piece of fruit instead of a sugary snack. Or you might have more fresh vegetables. You could even switch to bringing your lunch from home rather than eating out.
  • Increasing Strength: Do one more sit-up, push up or repetition when lifting weights. Add a small amount to the weights you have been lifting. Keep a small hand weight near where you watch TV and use it.

I am sure you can think of many more ways to apply this.

By paying attention to these types of small details, you can see major changes over time. Be persistent and you will get there. Before you know it, you will reach your goal.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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