The Golden Years, we all have heard about them, but for many of the people I deal with in the world of physical therapy, the years have not been so golden, more like cheap copper for most.
Now there are many ways that someone can help in assuring that their retirement years coming up soon will be golden because I am more interested in the health aspect of those years which also bleeds over into your overall quality of life and into financial resources as well.
You see, your health is tied in directly to your finances as well right? We all heard of the adage ” health is wealth” you can have all the money in the world but if you have lived or are living a destructive lifestyle then, that money that you worked so hard to accumulate, will be passed on to the health care community and believe me they are more than happy to accept it.
In fact when you go to an emergency room or doctor these days the first words out of their mouths will be, ” do you have insurance?’
Most doctors and hospitals are more than happy to take your money, after all, they have to make a living too and healthcare is a business, you just want to be sure you contribute as little as possible to it.
One of the ways you can be proactive in your overall health care in the 21st century is to become informed and become active in a committed strength training program, combined with a solid but simple nutritional program as you age.
You see, our bodies are like your automobile that gets older with accumulated miles on it, it needs preventive maintenance on it to run smoothly and to help keep the breakdowns to a minimum, so does your body.
Your health and body in general, does not care what you used to do for exercise or, how you lived or, who you knew when you were younger, it cares about today, what are you doing today?
You should have a plan to get up first thing in the morning and spend time on your strength training program followed by a hearty, nutritious breakfast to get your mind and body prepared for the day.
I recommend early in the morning because as the day goes on in our busy day to day lives, putting your exercise program off until later in the day means the chances skyrocket that you will not get it done.
Put the time in today to get working on your physical exercise program and, start planning your meals in advance to assure you are eating properly and not eating fast food down the street because you do not have anything prepared at home.
Poor meal planning alone counts for the increase in obesity and unhealthy amounts of body fat that degrade your health in general.
Preparation and the discipline to follow your plan in life is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.
Either you take the time today to work on both your mental and physical health or, plan on having someone else do it for you later in life at a cost that will leave you dependent on someone else to care for you and, possibly leave you financially strapped to boot!
Sure, we cannot tell what will take place in the future due to other variables however, you can play a major role in your own destiny when it comes to your health and finances by taking a good long hard look where you are at now and where you want to be tomorrow.
Put your hands around your future starting today by being aggressive in planning your own healthcare through quality strength training exercise and quality nutritional practices.
Your quality of life as you age will only be as good as the preparation both physically and mentally you have put into it.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC