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Latest Lessons from Star Trek, Part 1

We’ve been on an “oldies” binge here at the Van Ness residence.

We don’t watch that much TV here. But lately, we’ve been watching some big time Star Trek.

It started when my son Miguel asked to watch the two new Star Trek movies which we have on DVD. We went to see them at the movies when they first came out…and loved them! So of course I grabbed the DVD of each movie as soon as they became available.

Yes, I know, DVDs are so “yesterday” with all the streaming and cloud content options we have these days. But you know what? I LIKE having the physical version of something. I like books, CDs, DVDs — especially for stuff I know I will view or read over and over again.

Like Star Trek!

Miguel moved from the new movies to one of the original series movies, “The Wrath of Khan”. Wow! Ricardo Montalban plays that “bad guy” role to the hilt, doesn’t he? I love how Kirk has to surrender to buy time…then he and the crew come up with a great trick to outwit Khan. I also love how Sulu comes in to help save the day.

OK sorry if you’re not a Trek fan! I’ll get to the point here.

As we watched the new Star Trek movies (plus Wrath of Khan) with my son, we realized we kept referencing the original Star Trek series from the 1960s. So we decided Miguel needs to start watching the original Star Trek, so he can see the key players when they were young, understand more of the back story, and just plain ol’ enjoy the adventures and the stories.

I’m happy to report, after watching just the first three episodes, Miguel is hooked! I think we have ourselves a new lifelong Trekkie.

As we have been watching these old shows – which were “old” when we watched them as re-runs on TV after school – we’ve also remembered some of the old commercials that used to run.

A few that come to mind – and have relevance to my recent discussion about how exercise can help keep us young and healthy, in body and mind – include:

-Remember the old 7-Eleven song they used to sing on their commercials? “Oh thank heaven for 7-Eleven!” As one of the longest-lived convenience store chains in the world, I salute their longevity and brilliance.

However, from a health standpoint, I can’t think of anything that screams “impulse eating” than 7-Eleven.

Even though they have added some “healthy” items to their offerings, such as protein bars and drinks, fruit, and so forth, they still pretty much offer the type of stuff you buy on impulse – when your energy levels, mood and/or willpower might be low, and you succumb to the Snickers bar, 32 oz soda, or Giant hot dog from hell.


The issue here, of course, is how our impulses can so often pull us off course when we are trying to follow a healthy nutrition and exercise program.

-Here’s another one:

“Plop plop, fizz fizz, Oh what a relief it is!”

Name that product.

You got it, it’s Alka Seltzer.

Their product is about trying to fix something after it’s gone wrong. For example, after you’ve eaten the giant hot dog from 7-Eleven and maybe washed it down with a six-pack of your favorite cold adult beverage.

The issue highlighted here is how we often let things get so bad – as in getting out of shape, or manifesting other health problems due to our poor lifestyle – which could have been prevented.

But now we are forced into extreme measures, including taking medicines, going on draconian diets, or other interventions which are less than pleasant.

-One last one:

Remember the old Castrol commercials? For a long time, all their messaging centered around one basic idea:

“You can spend a few dollars now to change your car’s oil, or you could spend a few thousand dollars later to change your engine.”

This gets to the heart of prevention. I experienced this message firsthand as a child, when I “helped” my dad change the oil in our cars. (This was back in the day when you could do car repairs and maintenance without needing a supercomputer.) My dad  stressed the importance of proper maintenance, of taking good care of what you had, whether it was your car, your house and yard, or your toys.

Of course, we all know we need to take better care of ourselves.

Unfortunately, we usually pay attention to what needs fixing, or what has cropped up as an urgent problem, when it’s too late. The damage has already been done.

Prevention doesn’t sell.

But that doesn’t mean it’s too late!

It’s never too late…you’re never too out of shape…you’re never too old, or too busy, or too whatever….to begin today to get in great shape, and to reclaim the health and energy of both body and mind that you deserve.

I’ve been writing a lot about how regular exercise and maintaining at least a base level of fitness can help keep your body young and healthy.

But you’ve got to be smart about it!

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“Transform Body Mind and Spirit with Dynamic Energy Exercise!”

Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2014

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