Have you have ever leased or owned a vehicle? Have you ever thought about the required insurance, repairs and maintenance related to the responsibility of owing a vehicle? Accordingly, if purchasing a used car, wouldn’t you expect to pay more for a well-maintained car and less for a car with multiple repairs?
Well, you have owned a vehicle since the day you were born. However, there is no warranty and no option to trade-in. This vehicle is your body, and you will only receive 1 in a lifetime. Your body requires insurance, maintenance and repairs to carry you through a lifetime. Paying more attention to maintaining the general health of your body will improve the quality of your current and future life. Accordingly, maintaining good health will result in a higher quality of life than repairing health.
We all know that you only get 1 body in this life, but do your actions and choices reflect this knowledge? We all know that habitual exercise and healthy eating will result in a healthier body, but does your lifestyle reflect this knowledge? We all know that being healthy and fit feels good, but do your views on health and fitness reflect this knowledge?
It is time to take responsibility for your health and fitness. View this responsibility as power, not hardship. Maintaining and/or improving your health benefits YOU. You have the power of choice, to affect your health and the way you age. Choosing to stay active today and tomorrow, results in maintaining the ability to be fit and active as you age. Choosing to make both nutrition and taste priorities when eating will result in a healthier life as you age.
A fallacy persists, that as you age, you must slow down and your health must decrease. This is not true. There is no predetermined fate for everyone. You can make the decision today to ease into old age while maintaining your quality of life, or you can choose to ease into old age with the assistance of a cane or walker. The choice is yours. This is where the old “use it or lose it” adage comes into play.
Older people who lead healthy active lifestyles today were once younger people who led healthy active lifestyles. There is no magic trick or secret involved. They simply chose to make maintaining their health, fitness and body, a priority throughout their lives.
Be honest with yourself. How important is your health and fitness to you and your family? Does your lifestyle reflect your values on health and fitness? How do you want to ease into old age?
Do you want a cane, a walker or to maintain a fit and active lifestyle? It seems like a simple choice, but what decision does your current lifestyle reflect? I choose to get stronger and healthier as I ease in to old age and my current lifestyle reflects my decision and values.
It is never too late to improve your health and your future quality of life. Remember you only get 1 body in this life. Take responsibility for your health today, and use your power of choice to create a healthy and fit body to last a lifetime.
Remember, it worked for me, and it can work for YOU!