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The good, the bad, and the ugly of health - Curt Yeomans

Staying in good health can be a real pain.

We often hear about beauty taking a lot of work to achieve. Well, maintaining our health isn't too far behind.

We run, we sweat, and we work out until we reach the point of fatigue. That is what it takes to be healthy.

It isn't pretty. It is not even nice to look at sometimes.

You might remember hearing the phrase, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." It totally applies to health. The "Good" is when you're healthy. The "Bad" is when you're not. The "Ugly" is everything it takes to get from the "Bad" to the "Good."

Some of us have been there. We hit the treadmill hard and fast for 25 minutes, before heading to the weight-lifting equipment. Then, we pump iron until it becomes a struggle to lift the weight anymore. That's when it hits you.

The feeling of borderline nausea.

Not every body gets it, because everyone has different limits, but some of us do experience that feeling, from time to time.

It is a nasty feeling, by the way. I felt it last Saturday, during a particularly intense upper body workout that included cardiovascular exercise on the treadmill and an elliptical machine, alternating seated rows and shoulder presses, and finally tricep extensions.

That was the first time I ever felt squeamish after a workout.

Now, lets not forget that the "Ugly" is not limited to the local gym. Trying to swallow the Pepto Bismal you take for nausea, heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach is no walk in the park either. Some of the things we take to improve our health result in painfully traumatic experiences.

Anybody remember cough syrup?

'Nuff said.

But, consider what the "Bad" is like. You're out of shape, or your immune system is not up to snuff, and you're sick because you are not taking care of yourself. You've got a cold, and you sound like Phyllis Diller. Your head is hurting from congestion, and you've got junk in your throat.

You have essentially bottomed out. Congratulations, and welcome to the world of "Blah."

But, by going through the "Ugly," you can reach the "Good."

This is the payoff for all the pain and agony generated by all the time you spent working on improving your health. You look better, and you feel better as a result of all that hard work.

You can't be healthy, if you don't put in the effort to be healthy.

In conclusion, you might as well accept the "Ugly" as an integral part of your life. If you do not, then, you might as well be content with the chronically "Bad."

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.