I hope you got to answer those questions about retirement last month. This weekend I rode my bike on the MS 150 (that’s 150 miles) to raise money to help cure MS. As I was riding I was thinking about some of the responses I got from last month’s column.
By far the number one most important part of a retirement is your health. We all seem to know this, but we don’t do much about it. It’s almost as if we’re numb in that arena. We plan in other areas for this stage of life and think that health will take of itself. When we start feeling less healthy than we did a few years ago, we brush it off as though it’s okay that we are just getting older. Yes, we are! Our hormones are changing. We lose muscle quicker. Aches and pains are more prevalent. We gain weight easier. Our physical activities get to be less.
These are all the more reasons why we need to change how we think about aging and what we do about our physical and mental being. It’s easier to lie down or make excuses why we don’t have time to get more physical activity. After about a few months of being sedentary, we feel more of the aches and pains which make us less active than we want to be. This can lead toward depression which makes us want to do less. It’s a cycle that limits our good quality of life.
It doesn’t have to be like this. It’s your choices. Is it too late to start? NO. When is the best time to start changing? Yesterday, but today will do. Yes, you can improve your health from where it’s at right now. Then you can have more vitality, energy, creativity, feel better about yourself and have fun doing it. The rest of your life will flourish, and you will be able to really say that this stage of your life is truly the best part. Here are a couple of tips to get you started:
1. Get real and identify where you are right now on a scale of one to ten – with one being the worse and ten the best.
Physical exercises 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Aches and pains 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Energy level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Vitality level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Creativity level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Happiness level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2. If you’re not a 9 or 10 and want to be, what is one thing you can tell yourself to do and implement today?
I would like to help you create, implement and follow through on your plan. Feel free to contact me for more information or any question you may have. Contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 977-2232. The first two emails will receive a free ½ hour of coaching.