The Owner's Manual We All Need

Posted by Matt Ullman on Sep 13, 2018 12:33:03 PM

When was the last time you had the oil changed in your vehicle? How about the air filter? Brake pads? Battery? Tires?

Do you get that routine maintenance done on your vehicle fairly regularly? If you do, that’s great!

Why do you bother? If you’re like me, you do it to keep your vehicle running more smoothly and so it will last longer. Hopefully it will also help you avoid major, expensive repairs down the road.

When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked? How about your blood sugar? Heart rate? Blood pressure? Gotten a flu shot and/or other vaccinations?

Do you get that routine maintenance done on yourself fairly regularly? If you do, that’s great!

Why do you bother? If you’re like me, you do it to keep your body running more smoothly and so you will live longer. Hopefully it will also help you avoid major, expensive medical procedures down the road.

Do you see the parallel here? Many of us put more time, money, and importance into maintaining our vehicles than we put into maintaining ourselves.

From a strictly financial standpoint, the human body – like a vehicle – is a depreciating asset. But this is where the parallel ends.

When a vehicle breaks down and cannot be repaired, as long as we have (or can borrow) the money, we buy another one to replace it.  Unfortunately, we cannot just replace our human bodies.

So, which one is more important to maintain? That question should provide you with some food (or fuel) for thought.

One thing that makes it easier to remember maintenance on a vehicle is at the time of purchase, we’re given an owner’s manual. An important part of the owner’s manual is the maintenance schedule. Even if you buy the vehicle used and the owner’s manual is missing, you can usually find one online or request it from the manufacturer.

Most (if not all) vehicles manufactured these days also have maintenance reminders that will light up on your dashboard. If only we human beings came equipped at birth with maintenance reminders that light up! Or, at the very least, an owner’s manual!

Sadly, we do not. It’s entirely up to us – and our doctors. But you know what? You’re worth it! So, take the time to do it! Just because our “manufacturer” did not provide each of us with an owner’s manual for our physical health, does not mean that we don’t need regular maintenance.

Of course, different models of humans have different needs – varying factors such as age, gender, background, and family history determine our individual maintenance needs.

So, you haven’t been to the doctor in more than a year. Isn’t it time you had a professional check under the hood? Call your physician’s office and make an appointment today.

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