Thankfulness is a healthy body

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

I'm beyond blessed to have a healthy body. I've mentioned in previous blogs that I am the oldest surviving male in my family. My father died at 56, my uncle at 36 and my grandfather at 48. All three died of heart disease. When I approached my father's age, my sons kept a death vigil for me. They expected me to croak any second. Thankfully, I disappointed them.

When I was young in my marriage, I had a heart-attack. I was 32. At the time, I was a committed body builder with about 8% body fat. When my heart blew up, I was stunned. My doctor said, "No matter how strong your body is, if your heart is no good, you die." That was a stark way of putting it, but I got the message. 

I started cycling shortly after. That was a lot of years ago and I have cycled all over the country. I spent 13 years teaching Spinning®. That improved my cardiovascular system. I was tested at the University of Denver in 2006 on a metabolic cart which is designed to test your heart under athletic stress. It showed my heart was incredibly strong. All of those years of cardio exercise have paid off. I still carry on a similar level of cardio exercise today. 

Another life change I made after my heart attack was monitoring my heart during exercise. I wear a heart-rate monitor during every workout. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, I have a heart-rate monitor on. The image to the right is one of my 2016 workouts. I also do an EKG with a cardio-mobile every day. I share that information with my doctor during my annual physical. 

Because of my family history, I don't take any days above ground lightly. Each one is a gift, and I appreciate them. I've had an annual physical every year since I was 32. Early on, I wanted to make sure I could be around for my sons during their most critical formative years. Now, my goal is to see my granddaughter grow up and start her life as an adult. That goal gives me a great deal of motivation to stay healthy, continue to exercise and to eat well. I am thankful for a healthy body.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. I am glad you are well and mindful of it. You need to stick around for my eulogy too. :)

Nov 14, 2018 06:09 AM #1
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Mike Cooper great peace, thank you for sharing it with us.  Have a great day. 

Nov 14, 2018 06:34 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike - God bless you.  I hope you continue to do all the right things and have a happy life.

Nov 14, 2018 08:48 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mike

You have a lot to be thankful for!! Glad to see these healthy practices are in place and working for you!!


Nov 14, 2018 12:42 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Healthy body thankfulness is something that I want to coin in a way when I think about the right attitude to have.

Nov 14, 2018 09:40 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

If it works for you to make you a better person, I’m all for it in life and in all your business interactions. You know what I mean, Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nov 14, 2018 09:42 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

AMEN, my dad died when he was 69.  I'm at that age now and I hope I can go for another 10-20 years.  Of course he smoked at least three packs of cigarettes a day

Nov 15, 2018 02:04 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a worthy goal to see your granddaughter grow up. Keep to the plan and you likely will, Mike.

Nov 30, 2018 06:46 AM #8
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