Staying healthy isn’t always easy. With the ongoing stressors of life, work, family, sport and finances, it is easy to let something that is so important slip. We are sure that if you had to think of one person with Cancer, Heart Disease or Diabetes, you would be able to come up with several names.
As the saying goes, ‘there is no point being the richest man in the graveyard’. It is now estimated that over 90% of the health challenges people experience daily, could be prevented or reversed by a change in lifestyle.
To fail to plan is a plan to fail! How many of you find yourself taking better care of your car, your hair, your home, your work tools or someone else, better than you take care of yourself?
In a study recently done on Australians, performed by the drug company Pfizer, 70% of Australians suffer from a health condition, including high cholesterol, depression, heart disease, chronic pain and diabetes. It also found that around 66% of Australians choose prescriptive medicines to treat the symptoms of these conditions, instead of making lifestyle changes or seeking natural health alternatives, such as Chiropractic care, exercise or a change in nutrition.
Our life expectancy is increasing, however our quality of life is decreasing. So, people might be living longer, but spending the last of their years in a nursing home, or on numerous medications, with no quality of life – this is not living!
So, the question is, what is your plan to take yourself into your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond with more energy, vitality, health and zest for life as each year passes? Have you even thought about it? If you haven’t, then you must!
To Fail To Plan, Is A Plan To Fail
When it comes to planning, people spend more time planning a holiday than planning how they are going to take care of their body each day so they can enjoy their holiday. Now of course, we believe in balance and if you do the right thing 80% of the time, then you can afford to ‘zag’ as we like to call it. But, many people ‘zag’ 80% of the time and only stop to think about their health when something goes wrong.
We just had the privilege of celebrating our pop’s 90th birthday last weekend. He is one of the most energetic, passionate and full of life people you will ever meet. We are told often, how lucky we are to still have our grandparents alive. This is sad, but true. So many friends around us don’t have grandparents or great grandparents to share with their own children.
That being said, what is the picture you see when you think of yourself when you are 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100? Is it someone living life and getting out there and doing it? Or is it a picture of someone in a nursing home, unhealthy, waiting to die? You have the choice of how it will turn out. Remember, good health doesn’t happen by chance, we create it, we plan it, we do it everyday!
Here is an example of Bill & Mary, an 83-year-old high jumper and a 90-year-old triathlete - both of them doing what it takes and living life.
They will bring tears to your eyes and show you what is truly possible, if you want it to be!
If being healthy at 100 is something that inspires you, then start planning for it today, don’t gamble with your life, take care of yourself today and your body will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest in the years to come!
We hope you are as inspired as we are and that your choose life, choose health, choose to plan for a long and healthy life!