Lesson Number Two

Always Keep Healthy

A lot of surfers out there don’t keep themselves healthy.  They think because they are getting more exercise than most people (who sit on the couch all day) that they are automatically healthy, but often that’s not the case.  We discussed recently in my blog post “Always Have A Back Up Plan” that you’ve got to have a contingency plan.  Today we’ll be discussing the how you always need to keep healthy.

I thought I was very healthy for the longest time.  I brushed my teeth twice a day.  I flossed once a day.  I made sure I had a couple servings of vegetables.  I didn’t smoke.  I didn’t go to dunkin donuts and eat french crullers for breakfast.  I felt like I had my health together.  Once day I got the worst jaw pain that I’ve ever had.  I went to the local dentist who said that I had something called TMJ.  TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction which is comprised of pain during the movement of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.

Turns out I wasn’t really taking care of my dental health.  I was slacking.  Despite my effort I had neglected to look at my overall health.  Every time I was out on the waves or in the wind I had been clenching my jaw.  The clenching of my jaw put a lot of stress on my temporomandibular joint and caused the muscles around the TMJ to get really tired.  Due to a misalignment of the joint there was a serious issue with my jaw.

The muscles around your temporomandibular joint don’t rest while you sleep

My dentist said…  which is a huge problem.  I’ve always had some aches and pain around my ear and near my jaw but never thought much of it.  My dentist said the most darnest thing “you’ve really got to start taking better care of yourself” which is exactly why I’m writing this article.  As windsurfers we are always so focused on that one thing, getting on the waves.  We often lose sight of the important things besides being out there.  I lost sight of my health and now it’s impacting my ability to surf.

Recovering from TMJ – 6 months later

6 months later I started finally recovering from my tmj pain.  It had gotten much worse before it got better.  I had been itching to ride the waves like crazy, but was unable to due to the fact that I would immediately start clenching my jaw.  My dentist urged against me heading over the sea.  I listened, because I realized something in the last year…  I’ve really got to start taking better care of myself.  The thing that bothered me the most about this whole situation is that I could have prevented it.

If the second I got that jaw pain I went to the interwebs and googled a tmj dentist near me this would have been totally prevented.  My dentist explained that TMJ is a degenerative disease that builds as time goes on.  Early detection is the key to preventing serious pain and often a serious bill.  Right now, I’m happy that I’m feeling better.   My wallet is in serious pain, but I guess that’s the price of neglecting my health for all these years.

I hope that this post can warn other windsurfers out there of the problems that you’ll run into if you neglect your health.

Ride hard, but be healthy first!

Lesson Number One

Always Have A Back Up Plan

One of the biggest things that I can’t help but stress is to always have a back up plan.  Things will go to shit, guaranteed and when you don’t have the proper logistics in place to back you up… well that’ll be when shit really hits the fan.  I always have a back up plan in every aspect of my life.  On the waves I’ve got my life vest and a emergency waterproof radio phone with a few days ration of food.  Of course I’ve also got a water purifier in this safety back.  Off the waves the rest of my life is really about finances.  They say that money can’t buy you happiness, but I beg to differ.  I think that’s a term used to persuade you to be less entrepreneurial and jam you into a cubicle with a job.  I’m the opposite of the normal cubicle human.  I make my money off of investments.  I’ve got fail safes in place to ensure that my online investments are taken care of.  I worked very hard and lived off of nothing for many many years to put money into my Vanguard AIG ETF which generates me $2000 a month of which I live off of.  It wasn’t easy saving up a million dollars to invest in there, but it was certainly worth it.  Living off of $2000 a month is easy when you’re in another country.  Things are cheap here.  I still live pretty minimally even though technically I’m a millionaire.

The biggest takeaway I want you to get out of this article is to have a back up plan.  I’ve got a couple odd jobs that I do throughout my days here, but I know that if they ever fall through I can pull from my compounding ETF and live off the interest that it creates.

What’s your back up plan?

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Life Lessons – the Beginning

Life Lessons.

What does windsurfing have to do with me?

A lot more than you think.

The lessons contained in windsurfargentino.com will apply to a lot more than just your time on the waves.  The lessons that you’ll soon learn will apply to your life as a whole.  You will gain much needed knowledge that will increase the changes that you’ll be a success.

Stay tuned for new posts or should I call them, Lessons, to come.